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The Nance Memorial 


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But More Particularly of Clement Nance, of Pittsyl- 
vania County, Virginia, and Descendants, 
Containing Historical and Biographical 
Records with Family Lineage 



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themselves as a link connecting the Past and the Future, do not perform their duty to the 
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Come, walk with me, adown the aisles, 

Of our ancestral halls, 

And learn of those, whose hearts and lives 

Were filled with love of God, and human love, 

And crowned, by His grace. 

Take pride, your ancestry was pure, 

Of sturdy, wholesome stock, 

That scorned a meanness, or a wrong ; 

A name which none could mock. 

These pioneers, who left their homes, — 

New fields, to till and try, 

And dangers brave, and trials meet, 

They made their mark, indellible, 

And stamped it on the race, 

Those yet to come, in honest pride, 

To bear an opon, fearless face. 

Those who in this, the later day, 

Are numbered in " The Line," 

And in the " Record " have a place, 

Do here give thanks, and homage yield 

Our brave ancestors — gone. 

^—Joanna Shields -Warren. 

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to the memory of 


preacher, poet, pioneer, judge, and patriarch ; 
ancestral head of Part I., is this volume affectionately dedicated 

by his great-grandson, 
The Author. 

The; patriarch is the mightiest of Kings ; he rules over countless gener- 
ations, not with laws written on tables of stone, but by the impress of 
his own character stamped in the nature of his posterity. So Ish- 
mael stamped the Arab character more than forty centuries ago, 
and so Abraham became the father of a wonderous pro- 
geny, touched later by Jacob's greed. Clement Nance 
has already laid his wand of empire on several 
generations, and religion, probity, intelligence, 
and high and holy purpose is the message 
he is sending down the ages. His scep- 
ter over generations yet unborn 
is a scepter of righteousnes. 

— {Rev.) JV.y. Ayllsworth. 

" Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord and that delighteth greatly 
in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the 
generations of the upright shall be blessed." — Ps. 112:1, 2. 




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" Semper-idem M — the same always, 
Whether the days be many or few, 

" Semper-idem " thus we praise, 
One whom we know to be true. 

This " Coat of Arms," a race belongs 
Whose history is not fully known, 

But that to Nance — whose lineage's traced 
In this Memorial's by them owned. 

To be of " Semper-idem " stock, 
With lives well regulate, and true, 

Is honor greatly to be prized, — 

The old gauge's better than the new. 

11 Semper-idem," 

— Joe. 


There are two ways of spelling the motto on this Coat of Arms. Cousin 
Joanna prefers the one generally used, while Queen Elizabeth and the origi- 
nal owner used the other form. The meaning is the same, "always the 


The name of the original owner is not known, nor is his nationality, 
whether English or French. The origin and history of the larger n Coat of 
Arms " is also unknown. 

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When the author began the gathering of data presented in 
this volume, about January, 1892, he had no thought of a pub- 
lished Memorial. David L,. Demorest, father of Mrs. Nance, 
having prepared his own family tree of eleven generations a id 
twenty thousand names, urged the privilege of doing the same 
for the author. 

Before Father Demorest became too old to use pen and ink, he 
had placed on the Nance family tree, two thousand six hundred 
and fifty names. The author had become interested and con- 
tinued the gathering of data. Different persons wrote urging the 
publication of a Nance history. 

After his return from New Albany, September, 1901, the 
author first gave serious thought to the publication of a family 

The author is under obligation to all those who have furnished 
data of their own families. These are too numerous to mention. 

To those who have gone outside their own families, sending 
data and assisting in other ways, he wishes to mention by name. 

The most prominent of these, doing more than any other, is 
Cousin William Mitchell, mentioned at length at the proper place. 
Space forbids the mentioning of more than the names of others : 
James D. Nance, Versalia Inman, Jas. H. Richardson, Merica* P. 
Oatman, Media Causey, Prof. Chas. W. Shields, Dr. Willis O. 
Nance, and Herbert A. Barrows, deserve special mention. These 
are all of Part I. 

Clement Nance, ancestral head of Part I., left a trunk full of 
genealogical manuscript that was burned when the home of Susan 
Nance Gresham was destroyed by fire in 1867. No one has been 
found who had seen the contents, though several remember the 
trunk and were aware of the nature of the contents. With the 
burning of that trunk all knowledge of the ancestry of our 
honored dead seems to have perished from the earth. 

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The author is not aware that any other person has ever 
attempted to write a history of the family. 

A goodly number outside of Part I., have taken deep interest 
in the progress of the Memorial, aiding in every way possible. 

Only a few of the most persistent and efficient can be named 
here: J. A. McDannel, Washington, D. C. ; W. E. Nance, Car- 
diff, Wales; D. C. Nance, Cedar Hill, Texas; Miss Bathenia H. 
Nance, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and S. E. Nance and family, of 
Petersburg, Illinois, deserve special mention. 

Whole families would have had to be omitted, and in fact 
some have been, but for the interest taken '..y others, who, in 
addition to their own families, have done what they could to 
supply the lack of interest in their relatives. Should any member 
of a family who has not personally furnished records, reading this 
Memorial, find his family incomplete or incorrect, let him blame 
himself for not having insured its correctness, by sending the very 
knowledge by which he judges of the error herein found. 

And now a last word. The author is proud of his work. It 
is the child of his mature life ; the joy of his declining years. He 
presents it with all of its imperfections, without apology. He has 
done the best he could. lie makes no claim to literary merit. 
He has tried to M tell the tale as 'twas told to him," in common, 
every-day language. The lack of interest on the part of many 
has been the only source of annoyance, yet he does not complain, 
for the letters of appreciation have been many and warm. 

The work has been a labor of love, in which he has taken 
great delight. He presents the Memorial as a parent would a 
fond child, asking that it be received without expressions of dis- 
like over its imperfections ; but he would be pleased to have 
words of approval from those who have longed for its appearance, 

if it prove not a disappointment. 

The Author. 

Bloomington, 111., July, 1904. 



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The plan of the genealogical tables in this work is so nniqne 
that it may require some explanation, but when understood, is so 
simple that the most careless may read and trace his genealogy 
most easily. 

As far as known to the author no work has ever been pub- 
lished following the plan of this work. The tree form idea was 
obtained from David L. Demorest, father-in-law of the author. 
The calling of the generations by the parts of the tree is original 
in the author. 

Beginning with the ancestral head of Part I., he is called the 
trunk. The trunk divides into limbs, the limbs into branches, 
they into twigs. The twigs bear buds which bring forth blossoms, 
and the blossoms grow into fruit. So the seven parts of the tree 
answer to the seven generations of Part I. The ancestors of our 
trunk, if they were known, might be called roots, as indeed some 
of the families have more than one generation before the one des- 
ignated as trunk. 

It has been the aim of the author to call the brothers, sisters, 
cousins, and supposed cousins of our Clement, trunks of their 
respective families, and where no definite relationship was known, 
to call those of same day and generation, as near as may be, the 
trunk. Thus several of the families have one or more ancestors 
of their trunks that might be called roots, if one wished to run 
the simile into the ground. 

The advantage is this : Limbs of a common trunk are brothers 
aud sisters. Branches of* a common limb are also brothers and 
sisters. So also are twigs of a common branch brothers and 
sisters. Twigs having a common trunk, limb and branch are also 
brothers and sisters, while twigs having a common trunk and 
limb, but different branches, are cousins. If, however, the trunk 
only is common, then the twigs are second cousins. If the trunks 
also are different, then the twigs are third cousins, provided, of 
course, the truuks are brothers and sisters. If, however, the 

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trunks were cousins, then the twigs are fourth cousins. Thus 
the twigs in the families of William Howe, Zachariah I., David, 
and Frederick Nance, are fourth cousins, positive or supposed. 

It is believed that this will simplify the tracing of relationships. 

For example, turn to page twenty-five. Here you see Dorothy 
Nance-Burton, limb one. At the close of her life sketch is a list 
of her children, or branches. Immediately following, is Clement, 
branch one. Following his sketch over the leaf to page tweuty- 
six, you see his likeness, and at the close, follow his children, 
twigs. Now see the first name or twig, you read William E. 
The surname, Burton, is left off as a superfluous repetition. Fol- 
lowing the name is a small w, meaniug wife, whose full maiden 
name appears on the next line below. The small d following the 
w, means the person is dead. In the column to the right are the 
buds. In this family there is but one, Sarah C. The h means 
husband whose name appears on the line below, Ross Kldon Witt. 
Following his name is their address, Clarksville, Iowa. (The 
address is given when known.) The next column gives the three 
blossoms, all having companions and addresses. The last column 
has the fruit, each of these blossoms bearing fruit. Now by 
retracing this first family in the book, from Dorothy Nance- 
Burton, limb, through branch, twig, bud, and blossom, to Charles 
E. Witt, the first fruit in the Memorial, often enough to 
thoroughly understand it, you will have no trouble in understand- 
ing any table in this volume. 

The indexes have been simplified and made more efficient by 

the leaving out of all buds, blossoms, and fruits, admitting only 

the trunk, limbs, branches, and twigs. It is believed that any 

one desiring to trace himself or another, will have little or no 

trouble in tracing back to the twig without the use of the book. 

This saves the addition of 1,895 names to the index in Part I. 

alone, thus avoiding a very cumbersome list. Besides, very many 

would be repetitions of names, always confusing in a family index. 

Following the names in the index are the letters tr, 1, b, or t, 

indicating whether the person is a trunk, limb, branch, or twig. 

Following the names in the index are two or more page numbers, 

some times. They usually refer to different persons with the 

same name. 

Cousin, One collaterally related by descent from a common ancestor, 
but not a brother or sister. The children of brothers and sisters are first 
cousins ; the children of first cousins are second cousins, etc. A first cousin 
once removed is a child of one's first cousin ; a first cousin twice removed is 

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the grandchild of one's first cousin, etc. A second cousin once removed is 
the child of one's second cousin, etc. A first cousin once removed is some- 
times called a second cousin ; a second cousin, a third cousin, and so on. — 
The Standard Dictionary. 

The. author has been careful in quoting the above, because of 
the confusion on the subject of consanguinity in the minds of a 
good many. Indeed the very best and most extensive Memorial 
that the author has been permitted to peruse, gives a very differ- 
ent definition of the term cousin. It is a mystery where the com- 
piler obtained his definition. 

The page in the index, after the name, always refers to the 
page where the name is found in the table. The life sketch and 
the half-tone of the trunks, limbs, and branches, are always found 
above their respective tables, while those of the twigs, buds, 
and blossoms, are always found below their respective tables. 

The chief value of this work, apart from the historical matter, 
is centered in the genealogical or family tables. Study them. 
Understand them. No attempt has been made to write a life 
sketch of each of the more than five thousand names appearing 
in this Memorial. Such would be an impossible task, besides it 
would not be interesting, if it were possible. An attempt has 
been made, however, to write a short sketch of a few of the most 
prominent members of each family and generation. In many 
instances it has been impossible to get data from which a sketch 
could be written. Many families have furnished very meager 
information, or none at all. Others have furnished more than 
could be used, consequently much interesting matter had to be 
dropped or condensed, to keep a proper equipoise between the 
various parts of the volume. 

As a very large percentage of those named in this Memorial 
are members of the religious body calling themselves variously 
the Christiau Church, Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and 
in a few instances Disciples Church, .the author has deemed it 
best to use but one term, the first mentioned, and to explain the 
same here. He prefers the term, Church of Christ, and indeed 
he thinks a very large majority of the congregations have been 
legally organized under that name, while at the same time locally 
using the term Christian Church. 

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Nances of the World, 


Chapter I., Clement Nance, Trunk, 
Chapter II., Dorothy Purton, Limb, 
Chapter III., Mosias Nance, Limb, 
Chapter IV., Susan Shaw, Limb, . 
Chapter V., Mary Shields, Limb, 
Chapter VI., William Nance, Limb, 
Chapter VII., Nancy Oatman, Limb, 
Chapter VIII., Clement Nance, Limb, 
Chapter IX., Jane Jordon, Limb, 
Chapter X., John Wesley Nance, Limb, 
Chapter XI., Elizabeth Richardson, Limb 
Chapter XII., James R. Nance, Limb, 
Chapter XIII., Giles Nance, Limb, 


Chapter I., Zachariah Nance I., 

Chapter II., David Nance, 

Chapter III., William Nance, 

Chapter IV., Richard Nance, 

Chapter V., John Nance, 

James Nance, . 
James Nance, 

Chapter VI. -| James Nance, . 
James Nance, 
James H. Nance, 
Giles Nance, 
Eaton Nance, . 
George Nance, 
Robert Nance, . 
George W. Nance, 
Miss Nance Chandler, 
William Nantz, 
. Archibald J. Nance, 

Chapter VII. 



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Adkins, Mary Cunningham and Family, 
Aylsworth, Elder and Mrs. N. J. 
Barrows, Mr. and Mrs. M. T., 
Baxter, Lucy Nance, 

" Lynden and Russell, 
Brazie, Fred E., 
Bullington, Mary Long, . 
Burlington, Dr. J. C, 
Burton, Charles W., 

" Josephus, 
Carman, Dr. and Mrs. Isaac, 
Causey, Media Jennings, 
Claggett, Josephine and Louise, 
Cook, Prof. D. J., 

11 James H., 

" Samuel, 
Craig, Elizabeth Graham, 
Crane, Charles E., 

" Charles L., 

•■ Mary Lizzie 
Dewees, Mr. and Mrs. Ira A., 
Gates, Lulu Tyler, 
Harber Brothers, 

" Martha Nance, 
. Hunt, Florence Carman, group, 
In pian, Versa lia Nantz, . 
Kingery, Rev. David, 
Kintner, Elizabeth Shields, 
Kistler, Carrie Oatman, 
McCrae, Rev. John, 
McKinney, Carrie Snider, 
Mitchell, Susan Long 

44 William, 

Moore, Catharine Nance, 
Myers, Lucretia Wright, 
Nance, Albiuus, 

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Nance, Charles H., 

44 Mr. and Mrs. Clement, 

44 Mr. and Mrs. David, . . 

44 Mr. and Mrs. Francis M., 

44 George W., 

44 Mrs. George W., 

44 Dr. Henry H., 

44 Dr. and Mrs. Hiram, 

44 Er. and Mrs. H. Irving, . 

44 James D.. 

44 Marie E., . 

Martha Chamberlain, 
Olive L., . 
Richard R., 
Richard W., 
Roswell S., 
44 Dr. and Mrs. Roy, , 

44 Mr. and Mrs. William, 
44 Dr. Willis O., 
Nantz, Mr. and Mrs. Orville R., 
Nunemacher, Avesta Shields, 
Oatman, Elder John, 

44 Mr. and Mrs. Jesse, 

44 Mr. and Mrs. Pleasant S., 

Rardin, Belle Burton, 
Reed, Carrie E., . 

44 Elizabeth Burton, . 
Richardson, Aaron, 
44 Aaron A., 

44 Elizabeth Nance, 

44 James H , 

44 Mr. and Mrs. James M. 

44 Mary Nance, 

44 Russell A. and Family, 

Rev. W. F., 
Routh, Henry H., . \ 

Shields, Rev. and Mrs. E. P., 
44 Mr. and Mrs. Henry B., 
44 Mary Nance, 
Smith, Clarence W. and Raymond J 
Snider, Jane Nance, 
Tyler, Rev. B. B., 
Van Nest, Hattie Harl>er, 
Ward, Franklin A., 
Warren, Sarah Nance, 
Washburn, Ida Burton, 

Carleton E., . 
Carrie E., 




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PART ll 

Addison, Leila Wallace, 
Craig, Virginia Nance, 
Gum, Matilda, group, 

'• Matilda Farm Residence, 
Hill, Parthena Nance, 
Kilbourn, Dr. and Mrs. G. A., 
Moore, Mary Nance, 
Nance, Elder A. J., 

44 Mr. and Mrs. Allen Q., 
M Bethenia H., . 
44 . Charles L., 

Mr. and Mrs. David C, 

Elizabeth Bingley, 

Mr. and Mrs. F. Carey, 

Henry W., 

John F., 

John Webb, 


Joshua Old Home, 

Elder and Mrs. Josiah C, 

Josiah W., 


Milton D., 





Mr. and Mrs. Otway Bird 

Ross A., 

Roy C, 

Sevignia E., . 

Spotswood A. and Son, 

Washington J., 

William, . 

Zachariah Henry, 
Owen, Josiah W. and Eugenia S., 

44 Elder and Mrs. Wm. B., 
Rural Vale, 
Shipley, Mr. and Mrs. C. W., 




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On the pages of this Memorial are expressions from some of 
those of the south land, concerning the issues of the days of the 
civil war of 1861-5, not always complimentary to the people of 
the north. The author, as well as hundreds whose names appear 
in this Memorial, was in the conflict on the side for the preserva- 
tion of the Union. There were other hundreds on the side of the 
Confederacy. The author has studiously avoided these questions 
himself while allowing others full right to express themselves in 
their own way. 

The author's sentiments on these matters are found only on 
this page. First, he is not conscious of now having, or ever hav- 
ing had any prejudice for or against the people of the south. 
Second, he believes the intelligent people, both north and south, 
are now convinced that the race problem is not settled as yet. 
Third, he believes that no one at all intelligent is sorry we have 
one united country to-day ; that we of the north can cross the Ohio 
river into Louisville, and the people of the south can cross the 
same river into Cincinnati, to do our shopping without having to 
pay duty on our purchases, and having our luggage inspected by 
government officials every time we cross the line. Fourth, he 
has asked cousin Joanna Shields- Warren, of Louisville, to express 
in rhyme an up-to-date sentiment on these issues, as a kind of 
antidote to some expressions that may appear to some as hardly 
present day sentiment. She responds as follows : 

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The Blue and the Gray. 

They waged the battle together, 

They fought in deadly strife ; 
'Twas but the soul's appealing 

For a principle dearer than life. 

The ties of blood and of birthright 

Were ignored, forgot in the fray, 
And the one impelling impulse 

Guided each in this fatal way. 

The South was dear to its people, 

And just as dear, the to-day, 
And to see her crushed and wounded, 

Was a something to grieve alway. 

Each were right, and God will judge them 

With a judgment higher than man ; 
He knows what made these differences, 

Not alike, and yet not to blame. 

One family, each child with its impulse, 
Some stronger, and others more true, 

What caused the wild rush of feeling 
To differ, none living can know. 

But now that the war is long ended, 
And years have both come and gone, 

The brother — hood feel — the God man 

Rules again, and there's peace in the home. 

The feeling of hatred, — resentment — 

Is softened — and wrongs endured — 
Are left in the past, but remembered 

Though unspoken, and the wounds scarce cured. 

In the Grand Lodge of Heaven, 

The Blue and the Gray 
Will meet and clasp hands 

By order of the Grand Master above. 
All differences healed, all wrongs forgot, 

They will aye dwell in unity, peace, and love. 

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Page I, line it, for "contest," read "conquest." 

" 2», " 29, after "never," insert "had." 

*' 77. M 2 5i between "the" and "more," insert "Lord." 

" 109," 15, for "John," read "Hugh." 

" 127, " 1, for "limbs," read "branches." 

" 140, bud column, for "Zulu," read "Lulu." 

" 180, " 5 from bottom, for "developed," read "devolved." 

" 185, middle of page, for "1839," read "1838." 

•• 201, twig column, for "Illinois," read "Indiana." 

" 223, twig column, for "Paer, Texas," read "Poer, Texas." 

44 255, " 2, for "twigs," read "branches." 

" 288, branch column, for "James Dayton," read Jas. Drayton," 

" 302, " 6, erase the word "intestate." 

11 303, " 6 from bottom, for "road," read "rope." 

" 292, under the half-tone, "Addison," should be affixed to "Wallace." 

There are other typographical errors but they do not mar the meaning, 
and they will be easily detected. 

The reader will please turn at once to the errors indicated above and 
with fine pen and ink, make the corrections. 


THE earliest mention of the name Nance as applied to a 
family, that the author has found, is in a communication 
from Padstow, Cornwall, England, written by Elijah 
Nance to W. E. Nance, Esq., of Cardiff, Wales. (See Appendix, 
Exhibit "A".) This letter was written in 1856, and covers, as 
it says, 790 years from 1066, when William the Conqueror in one 
battle at Hastings, killed the King and took possession of all 
England and Wales. This army had crossed from Normandy, in 
France. The whole of Eugland and Wales was confiscated and 
became the possessions of the Conqueror and his army. 

Under the heading, "The Norman Contest of England," in 
Johnson's Universal Cyclopaedia, is the following, viz : 

Domesday Book, William's famous property-survey, divides the land 
into 60,215 knight-fees, 28,015 of which are in the hands of the church, each 
l>eing pledged to knight (or eouivolent foot) service and to all precedental 
feudal taxes and tributes, liable also to escheat and forfeiture. These feoffs 
or fees are held from the Crown ( 1 ) by a score or so of great secular vassals, 
magnates of Normandy, leaders of the conquoring army invested with large 
but scattering complexes ; (2) by several hundred lesser chief-tenants or 
crown vassals, nearly all Normans ; and (3) by the higher clergy, Norman 
and Saxon. Vrom these, again held by re-enfeoffment 7,871 after- vassals- 
half Saxon thanes, left in possession under Norman overlords, half Norman 
soldiers, sharing with their leaders the lands they had helped to win. These, 
too, are sworn "men of the king," levied and led, not by their lords, but by 
the royal viscounts, constables, and marshals. Instead of the earlier, irreg- 
ular folk-service, stood now a strong fedual militia, paid with land and under 
full control of the monarch from whom they held their pay, making Eng- 
land's rulers, for the first time, full lords of the island, and England, from 
the side of power, at least, a thoroughly united state. 

The Normans had but one name, a Christian, or given name. 
Coming into England where people had two names, they adopted 
this custom of the country. In this army was a general from a 
valley in Normandy, called Nantes. This general took the name 
Nance from this valley home, for some reason changing the spell- 

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ing somewhat. His share of the land was located at Padstow, 
Cornwall, and the family is still there, but they have lost their 

estate. \ 

There is another old family in Cornwall, for an account of 
which see Appendix, Exhibit "B." And still another, of which 
John Hobson Matthews, the author of " History of St. Ives, and 
Other Parishes,* ' is a descendant. (See Exhibit "C".) Also see 
quotations from said work (Exhibit "D"). From these quota- 
tions you will see references to one "Old John Nance," by John 
Wesley. Said John Nance was one of John Wesley's best friends 
and backers in his troubles at St. Ives. 

The author has no evidence that any of the American Nances 
have descended from any of these old families. He has not even 
a tradition pointing that way. Some of the above families were 
Catholic, and some were Protestant. 

The history of the family of Nance, in Frauce, prior to their 
emigration to America, is but little known. Sufficient, however, 
has been obtained through history and tradition to establish the 
fact that we are of French lienage. 

The Nances were Protestants. The Protestants were called 
Huguenots as a reproach. The Standard Dictionary says : 

The Huguenots were the most moral, industrious and intelligent part of 
the French population. 

Andrew X., of Belfast, Ireland (Exhibit "E"), says : 

My Uncle William spent much time and money in looking up his 
ancestry. He found the u Coat of Arms" of the family, the motto of which 
is the same as that of Queen Elizabeth, and indicates that royal blood of 
France flows in our veins ; and that the Nances appear to have been an 
aristocratic, noble family ; and that the name was a territorial name. Thus, 
we could call ourselves DeNance, if we so desired. Two brothers, Andrew I., 
and Clement, with their families, fled from France at the time of the Hugue- 
not persecutions, when so many fled to England, Germany, Switzerland, 
South America, and North America. These brothers came to Cornwall in 
South England where Andrew I. settled and became uie head of a large 
family. His descendants have spread over England, Scotland, and Ireland. 
One family went to the Scilly Islands where it is said one island is inhabited 
almost entirely by Nances. That Clement went north and was entirely lost 
to his brother Andrew. 

The tradition of the family in America is that our ancestors 
were driven from France and settled in Wales, from which country 
they early came to America. Thus history and tradition seem to 
agree, Wales being just north of Cornwall, and adjoining same. 

Just when the Nances came to America is uncertain, but it 
must have been very soon after settlement began, judging by the 

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very many of the name found about tide-water in Virginia and 
North Carolina. 

It seems most reasonable that this Clement, brother of Andrew 
L, must have been our emigrating father. First, from the fact 
that no Nances are found in Wales who cannot be easily traced to 
a different ancestry. The family could not have remained there 
very long. Secondly, because of the preponderance of Clement's 
in nearly all Nance families in America. 

One writer says our emigrating father came over with Cap- 
tain John Smith on his third trip, the company forming the first 
permaneut settlement in Virginia. This was in 1607. This is 
erroneous, for John Smith in his autobiography gives the lists of 
all who came with him on all his trips, and no Nance appears. 

This same writer says that our ancestors were of the Albi- 
gensesof South France, and that " They ever held to the doctrine, 
faith, and practice of their ancestors, the Albigenses faith, and 
came to America with the hope of rinding a country and a home 
in which they might establish a government fraught with moder- 
ation and religious toleration. They formed the embryo of the 
Baptist church that spread throughout the country, from whose 
church government Thomas Jefferson got his first form of a demo- 
cratic constitution which afterwards ripened iuto the Constitution 
of the United States of America." 

The author thinks he is in error in this as in the other state- 
ment, for "Albigenses" was a name applied loosely to "here- 
tics," belonging to various sects that abounded in the South of 
France about the beginning of the thirteenth century. From 
1209 to 1226, a cruel war continued in which hundreds of thous- 
ands were put to death. A settlement was effected at the latter 
date. The Albigenses lost their idenity long before the settle- 
ment of this country began. 

These same " heretics " of the Romish church of the thir- 
teenth century, were called " Huguenots" in the later centuries. 
The war on the Huguenots began in earnest in 1559, and kept up 
to the edict of Nantes in 1598, when they had comparative peace 
for about twenty years. Then the cruel war began again. 
Rochelle, the stronghold of the Huguenots fell in 162S, and of 
her 24,000 inhabitants, but 4,000 remained, the balance having 
died by starvation or massacre. The wars continued until the 
revocation of the edict of Nantes, in 1685. In the next three 
years it is said France lost nearly one million by emigration. 

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Just when this Clement Nance came to America, if he really 
came, is unknown. From the Vestry Book and Register of 
Bristol Parish, Virginia (Exhibit "F"). we get the first birth 
records known. The number is about twenty-five, and date from 
1712 to 1745. They contain the names Daniel, Elizabeth, Elinor, 
Phebe, Lucy, Mary, Eliza, John, Jane, Thomas, Richard, 
William, Leonard, Nathaniel, Anne, Martha, Giles, Sarah, Pris- 
cilla, and Nancy. Several of the names appear a number of times. 

In a list of thirty-one land patents granted to "Nance," in 
Virginia, from 1639 to 1779 (Exhibit "G"), these names appear: 
Richard, William, John, Daniel, Thomas, Reuben, Giles, and 
Clement. Some of the names are repeated several times. The 
first was for 300 acres in Henrico couuty, to Richard Nance, for 
transportation of six persons into the colony. This was issued 
March iS, 1639, only thirty-two years after the first permauent 
settlement in Virginia. 

One patent to 1,574 acres, was granted to Giles Nance, 
December 1, 1779. This is no doubt the tract from which he 
deeded something over 1,000 acres chiefly to our Clement and his 
family, from 1787 to 1796. 

The Clement named in patent to 270 acres, is the ancestral 
head of Part I. There are about twenty-five supposedly dis- 
tinct families named in this volume. The particulars of each 
family are given in the proper place. The author can only men- 
tion a few of the most prominent, as to size here. Early in his 
researches for his own family, that of Clement Nance, senior, 
(Part I.) he came across the descendants of Zachariah II., 
(Part II.) in the family of A. G. Nance, Petersburg, Illinois. 

About the same time he was put into correspondence with 
Miss Bethenia H. Nance, of Nashville, now of Murfreesboro, 
Tennessee. She is descended from David Nance, who was uncle 
of Zachariah II., above. Mrs. Lucy Baxter Hunt is descended 
from the same David, but through another son. The family of 
David, as well as that of Zachariah II., is a very large one. It is 
very evident that Zachariah I. and David were brothers ; also as 
told more fully in Part I., many of us believing that the father 
of Clement, of Part I., was William How Nance, who also had 
a brother Frederick, father of Cloa Nance Mitchell, we settled 
down to the belief that these four, Zachariah I., David, William 
How, and Frederick, were brothers. This would connect three 
of the largest families, and a smaller one, making a family of 

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many thousands. This seemed almost positive, the more so, in 
that Zachariah II. remembered seeing his Uncle William. He also 
remembered his uncle's son, Thomas, and son-in-law, Tucker. 
They returned to New Kent county after the Revolution, for the 
purpose of obtaining their mother's dowery from the Vaughn 
estate. (See Part II.) Some months since, Prof. Shields, of 
Part I., sent the author copies which he obtained of some old 
wills. (Exhibit "H.") Among these wills is one of William 
Nance, evidently the uncle remembered by Zachariah II. In this 
will he names his children, but does not name Clement. This the 
author confesses was a hard blow to him for he had learned to 
love the family of Zachariah II. We have, therefore, been loth 
to give this information out, as it cuts him off from close relation- 
ship to these two large families. 

There is another very large family with Richard as ancestral 
head. They are widely scattered. Mr. J. A. McDannel, of 
Washington, D. C, a member of this family, was a great help to 
the author, in tracing this family. 

Another large family has Reuben as ancestral head. They 
are widely scattered. 

A North Carolina family, a large one, has John as ancestral 
head. His grand son, John Webb Nance, resides at Abingdon, 
Illinois. His picture appears with the family history. 

All these families from Zachariah II. down, and many more, 
appear in Part II. They are an interesting studv. The author 
has no doubt a good many of these families could be traced to a 
common ancestry, if one with time and money and a copy of this 
memorial should visit Virginia and make a personal investigation. 
He trusts someone may do this in his day. 

Our Religion. 

All Nances in America are Protestants. A few have married 
into Catholic families, but the author has never heard of one 
becoming a Catholic. 

As to Protestant bodies, a very large majority of Nances are 
• members or adherants of the Christian church. Clement (Part 
I.), and his descendants, are fully nine- tenth of that faith. 
Zachariah II. (Part II.), and his descendants, are very largely 
of the same faith. The descendants of David are largely Baptist. 
The author is not informed as to the church affiliations of the 
descendants of Richard, to any large extent, but they are of the 
Christian church as far as his information goes. The descend- 

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ants of Reuben are of the same faith as far as the author is 
informed, which is quite general. 

Our Politics. 

Not one of the name, as far as known, be it said to our honor, 
has ever taken up politics as a profession, or as a livelihood. 

We are strong in our adherance to what we believe to be right. 
We are lovers of political and religious liberty for which our fore- 
fathers came to this country. 

We are strong in our party affiliations. We are great lovers 
of our country and our religion, and are ever ready to die for 
either. This is evidenced by the very many who entered the 
armies in the rebellion of 1861-5. Those in the south land being 
found generally in the Confederate army, and those of the north, 
in the army for the preservation of the Union. 

Coming from the south it is natural that we should be largely 
democrats. Of course there are very many exceptions to this. 
Those settling fartherest north are more largely republicans. The 
prohibition party has its usual percentage of adherants in our 

Our Vocations. 

More of our family are tillers of the soil than follow any other 
one calling. Among the professions, that of medicine is far in 
the lead. (This is certainly true of Clement's family, but the 
author is not as well informed as to other families.) The law has 
its devotees, as well as the gospel. Quite a number are profes- 
sors in colleges, or teachers in other schools. He thinks we have 
attained gn it est success as merchants and traders. We have a 
good sprinkling of bankers. We are found in all honorable voca- 
tions of life. We have never heard of a saloon keeper, gambler 
or criminal in our family. There are a few weak ones, weak to 
resist temptations of the open dram shop set along their path by 
our so-called Christian civilization. Be this said to the everlast- 
ing disgrace of Protestant America. Ninety-nine times out r I a 
hundred, when you find a Nance, you will find a citizen in the 
middle walks of life, honored and respected by all who know him. 
This last sentence is the highest compliment that can be paid any 

Many of the family have much wealth, and some are quite 
independent, but the author does not believe that the amassing of 
wealth is a characteristic of the family. 


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Clement Nance, Senior. 

The head's the cap-sheaf of the man, 
And Clement Nance the head, this race began 
' Bodily to form, and more adown the ranks of years, 
Long years. And from his brain evolved 
The changes — traits — changes that multiply with time, 
The impulse governing — to many l>earing the name. 
Example his, to imitate — be as this good man was 
So, — " Being dead, he speaketh yet," to man. 

— Joanna Shields Warren. 

Clement Nance, like Melehisedee, seems to have been without 
father, without mother. He is the ancestral head of the family 
whose history is given here. We do not know the name 
of his father or his mother. The author believes that the late 
William Mitchell, twig of branch two, limb one, was the most 
reliable living witness of recent years. He was also the eldest 
living member of the family for many years. He was born in 
1817, and passed peacefully away September 28, 1903. He was 
positive that William How Nance, "Uncle Billy How," as he 
was familiarly called, was father of our ancestral head, Clement 
Nance. Said William Mitchell was grandson of Cloa Nance 
Mitchell. She was daughter of Frederick Nance. Frederick and 
William How were brothers. He well remembered a visit Cle- 
ment made at the home of his father, James Mitchell, and well 
remembered the meeting of Cloa and Clement. Clement remarked 
as they met and embraced, " Well, Cloa, I must kiss thee." She 
replied, "Why not, Clement, for are we not cousins? Were not 
our fathers brothers? " William Mitchell was a lad at this time, 
and the impressions received at this meeting of his grandmother 
on his father's side, and his great-grandfather on his mother's 
side, both aged, were indelibly impressed on his young mind. He 
also remembered frequent conversations between his father's 
mother, Cloa, and his mother's mother, Dorothy (limb one), as 

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to old times in Virginia where they were neighbors. They always 
spoke to each other, or of each other, as consin. Many times has 
he heard Cloa tell anecdotes of her " Uncle Billy ," and he is posi- 
tive that no one ever received any impression from her other than 
that he was brother of her father, Frederick, and father of 
Clement. David Nance, father of the author, was as intelligent 
as most men of his day, but he had no idea as to the name of his 
great-grandfather. He frequently mentioned "Uncle Billy 
How," in connection with some anecdote. He was under the 
impression that he was brother of Clement. Also that Clement 
had another brother, David. 

The author had an abstract made of the name Nance, as found 
in the records of Pittsylvania county (Exhibit "I"), hoping 
therefrom to learn the parentage of our Clement. No light was 
obtained on. this point, but other matter of interest will appear at 
the proper place. The only time that the name of William How 
Nance appears, is as a witness to the signature to a deed. This 
is only valuable in that it appears with five other names of the 
family, including our Clement ; also showing how he spelled the 
middle name 4 * How." 

Prof. C. W. Shields, of Princeton University (twig of branch 
one, limb four), has had abstracts made of deed and will records 
of counties from tide-water westward, seeking information on the 
same point, but to no purpose. While the author has never found 
anyone, besides William Mitchell, who would venture to name 
the father of our ancestral head, still quite a number demur to the 
thought that " Uncle Billy How," was such. In the face of all 
these doubts and partial denials, and in the absence of any affir- 
mations as to any other parentage, the author assumes that 
William Mitchell was correct, and that William How Nauce was 
the father of our ancestral head, Clement Nance. 

The abstract of deeds mentioned above is an interesting docu- 
ment, showing twenty- five transfers to or from Nance. These 
are nearly all our known family, and all are no doubt akin. Quite 
a number of these transfers are to or from those who had married 
into the family of our Clement. 

Our traditions agree with most of the name in America, viz : 
That our ancestors were driven out of France at the time of the 
persecution of the Huguenots ; that they came to Wales, and 
thence to America, settling at or near Jamestown, Virginia. The 
date of the arrival in America is very uncertain, but must have 

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been at a very early date, judging by the numerous number of 
families by the name scattered all over the South and West. The 
date of birth of Clement, senior, is not known. He is said to have 
died at the age of seventy-two, which would place his birth in 
1756. This would make him twenty at the birth of his first 
child. He was born in Virginia. He was also married there and 
all his children were born there. 

The first thing we can write with confidence is, that he, with 
his wife and most of his children, and their children, for several 
of them were married in Virginia and had children there, left 
Pittsylvania county in 1803, and settled in Kentucky. William 
and Susan Shaw had preceded the father, settling in Mercer 
county, Kentucky, on the Kentucky river. Mosias and family 
remained a couple of years in Virginia after the father had 
removed to Kentucky. 

A goodly number of the name came with Clement from Vir- 
ginia, settling in Kentucky and Tennessee. These were brothers, 
sisters, or cousins. They have been lost to our branch of the 
family. No doubt they are the ancestors of many of the numer- 
ous families of the name in those states at the present time. 

After remaining in Kentucky about eighteen months, Clement 
determined to press on to Indiana Territory. He constructed a 
flatboat, upon which he placed a part of his family, all the 
women and children, and all the household effects. Upon this 
boat they floated down the Kentucky and Ohio rivers, landing 
just below the present site of New Albany, Indiana, and on sec- 
tion 10, town 3, range 6. A portion of the family came over 
land with their cattle and horses, they being possessed of quite a 
number of cattle, which, by browsing upon the cane-break and 
wild grasses that grew abundantly, kept fat. Thus he landed a 
large family in the wilderness, without house or even shelter. It 
is said the mother cried piteously when she found herself sur- 
rounded by a helpless family of children brought to this dreary, 
desolate region, and landed in a cold March storm of sleet and 
snow, without shelter of any kind. A three-sided pole shanty 
was soon erected, with open end from the storm, and a log heap 
fire was soon cracking away, bringing good cheer to the cold and 
wet. In this little open camp, covered with only bark and brush, 
the family lived until a permanent cabin could be erected. They 
did not suffer for provisions for the cows gave milk and the woods 
were full of game. This landing was made on March 5, 1805. 


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This was the second family to locate in the present limits of 
Floyd county, Robert Lafollette and his new bride having pre- 
ceded them the previous November 4, 1804. 

Clement, senior, did not take the precaution to pre-empt his 
claim when he "squatted" on the same, for it was almost an 
unbroken forest to Vincennes, where the Uuited States Land 
Office was located, and settlers were coming in so slowly that he 
did not fear his claim would be "jumped." 

It is claimed, but by how much authority the author is unable 
to say, that one Joseph Oatman, who, with his family, soon 
followed the Nances into the territory, fell in love with one of the 
Nance girls, but his suit displeasing the father, the visits to the 
daughter ceased. In order to "get even" with the father of the 
girl, Oatman slipped off to Vincennes and returned with a receipt, 
calling for the patent to the Nance claim. Oatman's entry was 
dated April 2S, 1S07, and called for fractional section ten, town 
3, range 6, containing 335.60 acres. The extreme northeast cor- 
ner of this tract is cut by the stream, Falling Run, leaving a few 
feet only on the east side at the river's brink. 

After losing this place, Clement, senior, removed to the western 
part of Franklin township, two and one-half miles from the pres- 
ent village of Lanesville, where he continued to reside to the date 
of his death, dying and being buried on the same farm. His 
entry at the United States Land Office, at Vincennes, was dated 
June 25, 1807, and called for the northwest quarter section 15, 
township 3, range 5, 160 acres. This entry was made in less than 
two months after his former claim was "jumped" by Joseph Oat- 
man. Clement, senior, afterwards entered the following tracts 
adjoining, viz: December 23, 1815, southwest quarter section 9, 
township 3, range 5, 160 acres. May 11, 1818, northeast quarter 
section 15, township 3, range 5, 160 acres; and September 24, 
182 1, west half southwest quarter section 14, township 3, range 
5, So acres. In all making entry to 5oo acres. This tract of land 
is situated over the " knobs," or hills as many would call them, 
to the westward, and eight miles from New Albany. The original 
tract entered by Clement, senior, is the prettiest farm in all that 
part of the country. The sons and grandsons continued to make 
entry to the adjoining lands until the family were the owners of 
about four sections of land. 


The following article is on record in the Harrison county 

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records, having been made before the organization of Floyd county 
and when it was a part of Harrison county : 

Know Am, Mkn By Thksp. PRESENTS, That I, Clement Nance, of 
Harrison county, Indiana Territory, do this day make the following statement 
and commit to record in the clerk's office of said county, to-wit : 

In the year 1799, when I was an inhabitant of Pittsylvania county, 
Virginia, for and in consideration of the sum of $200 .00 to me in hand p%id 
by a certain negro man named "Will," as a compensation to me for the 
sen ices I was entitled to receive from him as a slave, and that I did then ami 
there emancipate or set free the said negro, Will, who has ever since en joyed 
the blessings of freedom, and the said negro man is now a resident in this 
territory. I do by these presents confirm and establish his emancipation. 

WITNESS my hand and seal this loth day of May, 1S09. 

[Before] Gko. T. Pope, Clerk. 

44 Aunt Ped " Wolf (branch eight, limb two) and Martha 
Harber (branch nine, limb seven; inform me that this negro man, 
44 Will," and 44 01d Marge," when set free, begged to come West 
with the family, that they came and remained in the family till 
after the death of their old 44 master and missus," and were after 
they became too old to work, supported by the family till 
44 Marge" became insane when she was sent to the poorhouse, 
where she died. She had a daughter named Mary and a son 
named Jeff. Will and Marge were not husband and wife. Aunt 
Ped, also says, that Clement, senior, had a goodly number of other 
slaves which he freed and sent to Liberea. The author has been 
unable to verify this last statement. It is probably true for it 
was common talk in the family at an early day. 

Clement Nance and Mary Jones were probably married in 
1775. Their first child was born March 22, 1776. 


Clement is said to have become a Christian at the age of 
seventeen, joining the Methodists (which branches is unknown), 
and soon began preaching for them and so continued a number of 
years, perhaps until 1790, in which year he was a Baptist minister 
as shown by the following bond : 


Know Aix Mkn bv Thksk PRESENTS, That we, Clement Nance and 
Joseph Akin, of the county of Pittsylvania, arc held and stand firmly lx>und 
unto Beverly Randolph, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and his 
successors in the sum of five hundred pounds current money, to which pay- 

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   . . —  m  '  — — —  '■  ' 1  ■-■-■'■'■■ — —   - — — . - —  -» —  

ment well and truly to t>e made, we bind ourselves our joint and several 
heirs, executors and admors, jointly and severally firmly by these presents, 
sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of April, 1790. 

Now the condition of the above obligation is such that if the above 
bounden Clement Nance, who is Minister of the Gospel of the society of 
Christians called Baptists, shall well and truly celebrate the rites of marriage 
between all persons applying to him for that purpose agreeable to the acts of 
assembly in that case made and provided, then the above obligation to be 
void else to remain in full force and virtue. 


Joseph Akin [L. S.] 
Taken in open court April 19, 1790. 

There are no records showing that he married any couple pre- 
vious to the filing of the above bond. 

William Mitchell says that Clement took several trips, horse- 
back, back to his conference or association in Virginia. He had 
it from his daughters, Dorothy and Elizabeth, that on their father's 
return from his last trip, he said to his family and intimate friends 
that he was going to preach the " New Truth," as it was called 
at the time. They tried to dissuade him, telling him it would 
kill the church. He said, " If the truth kills let it die." They 
said they never saw so much excitement. Their father would 
take his Bible and read to the people, showing then there could 
be no mistake ; that they must believe the truth. So he 
preached, and nearly all followed him into the new faith. As 
one would see the truth, he would shout out, saying, "Brother 
Nance, we are so glad you have shown us the truth." This was 
the doctriue as taught by Barton W. Stone. A little later, Alex- 
ander Campbell became the recognized leader. It is said that 
Clement fought Mr. Campbell very bitterly at the start, but 
becoming convinced of the truth as taught by this great restora- 
tionist, he embraced it. The remainder of his life was 
devoted to the promulgation of the "New Truths," as they were 
then called by their friends, but " Campbellism," as called by 
their enemies. Nearly all of his children followed him into the 
new faith. He passed away a few months before the Campbells 
and their followers became a separate people. 

Aunt "Ped" Wolf, says that those of the church who did not 
follow our ancestral head into the new communion, were very 
much embittered against lrm. They prepared a hymn, or para- 
phrased an old one, containing these words, ' 'The Wolf Will Rend 
and Tear," and sang the same, referring to him as the wolf. It 
was about the same time that Clement wrote a hymn, and it was 

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sung by his followers very much because of the seniiment so 
suited to the times and occasion. The author distinctly remem- 
bers when this hymn was sung at the close of every Lord's Day 
meeting, all the members passing all over the house, shaking 
hands with every one present. Many times he has* seen the 
whole audience melted to tears as this hymn was so sung. This 
was at Coleta, Whiteside county, Illinois, and covered some ten 
years previous to i860. 

Clement is said to have been a voluminous writer of hymns, 
but the follow iug one is the only authenticated one known to the 


My Christian friends in bonds of love, 
Whose hearts the sweetest union prove; 
Your friendship's like the strongest hand, 
Yet we must take the parting hand. 

Your presence sweet, our union dear, 
What joy we feel together here; 
And when I see that we must part, 
You draw like chords around my heart. 

How sweet the hours have passed away, 
Since we have met to sing and pray ; 
How loath are we to leave the place, 
Where Jesus shows his smiling face. 

O, could I stay with friends so kind, 
How would it cheer my fainting mind ; 
But Pilgrims in a foreign land, 
We oft must take the parting hand. 

But since it is God's holy will, 
We must be parted for a while; 
In sweet submission all as one, 
We'll say Our Fathers will l>e done. 

How oft I've seen your flowing tears, 
And heard you tell your hopes and fears; 
Your hearts with love did seem to flame, 
Which makes me hope we'll meet again. 

Ye mourning souls in sore surprise, 
Who seek for mansions in the skies; 
Do trust his grace, and in that land, 
We'll no more take the parting hand. 

I hope you'll all remember me, 
If here no more my face you see ; 
An interest in your prayers I crave, 
That we may meet beyond the grave. 

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My Christian friends, both old and young, 
I trust you will in Christ go on; 
Press on and soon you'll win the prize, 
.A crown of glory in the skies. 

A few more days, or years at most, 
And we shall reach fair Canaan's coast ; 
When, in that Holy, happy land, 
We'll take no more the parting hand. 

O, blessed day ! O, glorious hope ! 
My soul rejoices at the thought ; 
When, in that Holy, happy land, 
We'll take no more the parting hand. 

William Mitchell well remembered his grandmother, Cloa, tell- 
ing how the family would say that "Clem" would never go into 
the Revolutionary army, that his heart was so full of preaching 
that he would not go where he could not preach. That he would 
preach every Sunday that he could find any one to listen. Also 
that he never did go into the army. I will say here that I have 
found no evidence that William How Nauce was ever in the 
army. This is bitter news to some of us, for we were anxious to 
find evidence to admit us to membership in the Sons and Daugh- 
ters of the Revolution. 

Mary Jones was our ancestral mother. She was the daughter 
of Mosias Jones, of Pittsylvania county, Virginia. (See Exhibit "J" 
for his will.) Very little is known as to her or her life. She was 
living at the date of her husband's will in 182 1, but had passed 
away before his death in 1828. 

A pleasant little story is told of our ancestral mother. The 
author will relate it, not because there is anything in it, but 
because he will be accused of leaving out important history if he 
does not put it in. 


William Mitchell heard Elder John T. Jones, of Jacksonville, 
Illinois, make the following statement at Eureka : " Mary Joues, 
who was my aunt, was in the presence of some British officers, 
when one of them remarked that the Continental army was com- 
posed of illiterates, that even Washington could not sign his own 
name, or words to that effect. She spoke up and said : ' ' Well, if he 
cannot write his name, he can make his mark, referring to the 
wounded hand of the officer, said to have been received from 
Washington's sword." Uncle Will reported this conversation on 

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his arrival home, when Grandma Benson (limb ten), said : "Yes, 
that is correct, and that Mary Jones was my mother." The 
author heard this story from different branches of the family, but 
with variations. Being satisfied that if there was any truth to 
this story, that it would be found in history, he began the search 
for the facts. On page 137, "Barnes* School History of United 
States," in a foot note, after mentioning the battle at Cowpens, 
January 17, 1781, in which battle General Tarleton and his 
British army were badly whipped, he found the following: 

Colonel William A. Washington, j n a personal combat in this battle, 
wounded Tarleton. Months afterwards, the Brittish officer, while convers- 
ing with Mrs. Jones, a witty American lady, sneeringly said, "that Colonel 
Washington is very illiterate. I am told that he cannot write his name." 
"Ah, Colonel," she replied, " You l>ear evidence that he can make his mark." 
Tarleton expressing, at another time, his desire to see Colonel Washington, 
the lady replied, " Had you looked behind you at Cowpens, you might have 
had the pleasure." 

Whether this corroberates the family story the author will 
leave each reader to determine for himself. For myself I can 
not account for this story getting mixed up in our family except 
on the ground that there is some truth in it. More than likely, 
this Mrs. Jones, who made the remark, was mother of our 
ancestral mother, Mary Jones. 

To return to the public career of our ancestral head, it is 
claimed by some that he was the first preacher to settle in the 
Indiana Territory, and to have preached the first sermon ever 
delivered within the present limits of the state. This cannot be 
verified, but it is evident that he was among the first, if not the 
first, to spread the story of the cross. 

Many of the readers of this memorial will wonder, no doubt, 
what kind of a man in appearance was our ancestral head, and 
what style of oratory, as a minister, did he use. As to the former, 
he was tall, erect, dignified, and imposing. His hair was a pure 
white, the latter years of his life. He stamped his personality, 
as well as his character, on his progeny. Cousin William Mitchell 
gave evidence that the photograph of the author, taken six years 
since, was an almost exact likeness of him. As to his manner of 
speech, he was both rapid and fervent ; marked characteristics of 
his descendants. 

The following quotation gives some idea as to his manner of 
speech under the heading of "Religious Matters," in "History 
of the Ohio Falls Counties" : 

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The earliest religious teachers through this, Georgetown township, were 
unlettered, though like their hearers they were men of natural force of 
character, great energy, perseverance, and will force, as well as great physi- 
cal powers. They were religious by instinct rather than by education, and 
often expounded their views with great force and eloquence, but with lan- 
guage not entirely polished. Clement Nance was among the earliest preachers 
in this part of the county. He has been referred to in the history of Frank- 
lin township. Patrick Shields' calnn which was ever open for religious 
meetings, without regard to denomination, was the first preaching place in 
the township. To this spacious cabin the settlers came from far and near to 
listen to the fervent but unpolished oratory of Clement Nance; who preached 
in those very early days the doctrine of a sect known as the New Lights, 
now very nearly extinct. 


Elder James Robeson told the following iu substance to 
William Mitchell : Barton \V. Stone and Clement Nance, sen- 
ior, were starting on a preaching tour through the iuterior of the 
state. Knowing that he was contemplating entering the ministry, 
they invited him to accompany them. He accepted the invitation. 
They started from New Albany, and went as far as Crawfords- 
ville, where John Oatman (branch six) was living. On the return 
trip they stopped over night at the home of Clement, senior. As 
was their custom wherever they stopped over night, they had 
preaching. Young Robeson told the girls, of whom there were 
several, not to tell any one that he was a preacher, but they scat- 
tered the news far and wide. The announcement having been 
spread, there was a large audience present. He was pressed into 
service and had to preach. This was his first sermon and in the 
presence of Elders Stone and Nance. Thus, a lot of fun-provok- 
ing girls were the cause of the launching forth of what proved to 
be along and eventful ministry. " Uncle Jimmy Robeson," as he 
was familiary called, appears to have kept in close touch with the 
Nances most of his life, oue son, James \V., marrying Margaret 
Richardson (twig five, of branch two, limb ten.) In addition to his 
preaching and farming, Clement, senior, early established a horse- 
mill run by a sweep, on his farm, in which the farmers grists 
were ground for twenty years. He was ever considered one of 
the leading citizens of his county, holding several positions of 
honor and responsibility. 


Upon the examination of the criminal docket of the Circuit 
Court of Floyd county, made September 9, 1901, the author 

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learned that Clement Nance, senior, was Associate Judge from 
May, 18 1 9, to June 1825, six years. He presumes the most 
important and noted case during those years was the trial of John 
Dahmau for the murder of Frederick Notte. Looking this matter 
up he made the following copies from the docket: 

May 17, 1821. John Dahman presented for the murder of Fred. Notte. 

Jury empanneled. Some testimony taken. Adjourned to next day. May 

18, 1821. Some testimony heard. Arguments made and given to jury. 

May 19, 182 1. Saturday morning, the court met pursuant to adjournment. 

( Hon. Davis Fi.oyd, 
Present! Clement Nance, Senior, 
( Seth Woodruff, 


Jury returned verdict, "guilty." Moved for new trial. Motion over- 
ruled. The sheriff was instructed to return the prisoner to the county goal, 
there to remain till July 6, 1821, between the hours of twelve and four 
o'clock, when he is to be hanged by the neck till he l>e dead— dead — dead. 

Aunt "Ped" informs the author that this sentence was pro- 
nounced by Clement Nance, senior, and that when the judge said, 
"To be hanged by the neck till he be dead — dead — dead," that 
Dahman spoke up and said, "and damned." Then the Judge 
added, "And may God have mercy on your soul," when Dahman 
replied, "and the devil too." 

The author has been the more particular in giving this quo- 
tation from the docket because the "History of the Ohio Falls 
Counties," gives the credit of this judgeship to Clement Nance, 
junior, a son of Clement, senior. Aunt Ped called his attention 
to this error in the history, saying she was certain her father had 
told the children too many times about this murder trial, for her 
to forget who was the judge at the time. 

Our ancestral head left the following will, which is given here 
because of the beautiful, trusting faith exhibited. Truly, it is 
characteristic of the man: 


In the name of God, Amen: 

I, Clement Nance, of Floyd county, Indiana, being weak in body but of 
perfect mind and memory, being assured that it is appointed unto men once 
to die, and knowing that the time of my exit is drawing near, do make and 
ordain the following instrument to be my last will and testament, that is to 
say, I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God from whom I received 
it, and in whom I have believed through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, 
and my body to the dust from which it was taken, with a sure and certain 
hope of the resurrection at the last day to eternal life, Amen. And, respecting 

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those worldly goods the Lord has entrusted me with, I have disposed of some 
part, and do dispose of the balance I have in my hands in the manner and 
form following, to-wit : 

First, I give unto my beloved wife, Mary Nance, one featherbed and fur- 
niture, together with such other household furniture as she shall choose, and 
the Dearborn wagon and harness to 1h> possessed by her during her natural 
life, and then return. Moreover, it is my desire and will that my farm and 
horse-mill shall be leased out for the best price from year to year, the net 
proceeds to go to the support of my wife during her life. Should there be a 
surplus over her support it is also to return to the estate. All property that 
is net herein mentioned that is subject to waste to be sold to the highest bid- 
der. All just debts to be paid. 

As soon as < can be collected, let $400.00 l>e equally divided 
between Dorothy Burton, Mary Shields, Nancy Oatman, Jane Jordan, and 
Elizabeth I^ong, or their legal representatives ; the other $So.oo to be equally 
divided and paid over to Mary Branham, Louisa Shaw, and James Shaw, or 
their legal representatives. It is to lje understood that that part of my 
estate descending to Louisa Shaw is to ba retained in the hands of the 
executors and shall be paid over to her or her legal representatives, as she or 
they may severally need. 

It is further, to be understood, that the balance of my estate, real ami 
personal, at the decease of my wife, shall t>e sold, and the proceeds thereof 
equally divided among all my children or their legal representatives; and it 
is further my will that lVnnelia Jones Richardson is to have £40.00 out of 
that part descending to my daughter, Jane Jordou. 

Morever, I do by these presents, constitute and ordain my three oldest 
sons, Mosias Nance, William Nance, and Clement Nance, executors of this 
my last will and testament. 

[Signed] Clement Nance. 

jE£ Sm~ IT ' } Witnesses, July ,8, ,8,,. 

5SS2&S5? I Sureties - Bond *•*»• 

This will was probated August 14, 1828. 

In September, 1903, the author returned to New Albany for 
the second time for a further examination of deed, marriage, and 
tombstone records, looking for matters of interest to the family. 
In the matter of marriages, he gained many dates that will make 
the work more nearly perfect. These dates will appear through- 
out the work but they will not show to the reader the time, 
patience, and labor they have cost. 

Knowing that every item referring to our ancestral head would 
be hailed with delight by the family, when so little is known, he 
was careful not to let anything slip him. In looking over the 
papers filed in settlement of the estate, he found a sale notice, 
which follows : 


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executors' sale. 

Notice is hereby Riven, that on the second Thursday of February next, 
the tract of land, with the appcrtenancei, containing a horse-mill, etc., late 
the property of Clement Nance, deceased, lying about eight miles from New 
Albany 1 on the road leading to Corydon, will l>e sold at public auction to the 
highest bidder, on the premises. 

Terms : Four years credit, one fourth paid annually, the purchaser giv- 
ing bond with personal security, and a mortgage upon the premises. 

Mosias Nance, 
V. t m. Nance, 
Clement Nance, 
Kxecutors of Clement Nance, deceased. 
Nanceville, December 6, 1828. 

This showed him that our ancestor had a postoffice named 
for him. Looking a little further, he came across the following 
paper, which shewed him that he was a postmaster: 


Washington City, April 1, 1829. 
No. 481.— -$13.57 not negotiable. 

Sirs: — At sight pay to Emerson & McClure or order, thirteen dollars 
and f y-seven cents, and charge to account of this office. 

Assistant Postmaster General. 

To representatives of Clement Nance, Esquire, late postmaster at 
Nanceville, Indiana. 

In talking these matters over with the older members of the 
family about New Albany, the author learned that they were 
aware of the existance of the postoffice at Nanceville, saying it 
was kept in the home of the postmaster. They think its first 
postmaster never a successor, but that the office was closed after 
the death of our ancestor. 

James W. Shaw (branch one, of limb three) was purchaser of 
the land at the above sale, the price named being $1,200. 

The farm has been in the possession of the family nearly all 
the time, and today is owned and occupied by Arthur Mosier, of 
limb eight. 

The house is * one and a half story log house, now nearly one 
hundred years old. It is now plastered and papered on the 
inside and sided and painted on the outside. A commodious "L," 
is built to the west. The whole house is modern in appearance 
and larger than most farm houses. The old spring house is still 
standing, but very little water was visible. The farm is one of 
the best iu the community. 

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I am writing this on the old farm of my grandfather, Mosias, under the 
shade of a wide spreading tree that he, no doubt reposed under long before 
I was born. My father must have played under the same protecting branches , 
in his youthful days. The place of my father's birth is near by, and I, too, 
saw light near the same spot. The remains of my grandparents repose on 
the brow of the hill just back of the old home. All three places are in plain 
sight and but a few rods apart. The farm and graves of my great-grand- 
parents, adjoins on the south, just over the hill, sloping southward. The 
farm and red brick house of "Uncle Hilly, " lies across the little stream to 
the westward, in plain sight. The house is fast returning to earth from 
which it was taken three-quarters of a century since. It is now only used 
for the shelter of sheep. To the south of Uncle Billy, lies the farm of "Uncle 
Clem." It is only partly visible. The substantial brick residence, built in 
1820, stands behind the hill. It is in excellent repair and withal a seemingly 
modern, commodious country residence. To the south of my resting place, 
but to the east of Clement, senior, lies the farm of "Uncle Giles," wholly 
hidden by a clump of timber. On every hand stands the tallest timber I 
have ever beheld. It is nearly one hundred years since those old worthies 
began cutting away the immense forests to make them a home and a farm. 
To an Illinoisan this white soil seems absolutely worthless. But the evi- 
dence is before me that fairly good crops grow from these seeming ash heaps, 
owing mostly to the lil)eral use of "bone meal." 

Not far away is the site of the old school house where our parents used 
to spend from daylight to dark, six days of the week for three months of the 
year, learning to "read, write, and cipher." Their only reader and speller 
was the New Testament. I wonder how much of the sturdy manhood and 
womanhood of our parents is due to the study of this "Book of Books?" 
"As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined." 

I have been wandering at will over these fields of hill and vale, thinking, 
thinking, thinking. I am hot. I am tired. I am resting. I am thinking 
of the luscious sweet pears on the tall and symmetrical tree, standing in the 
j-ard of the old home of our ancestral head, said to have been planted by his 
own hands from seed brought from his Virginia home. (Note. — On telling 
of this tree and its fruit to Mrs. Martha Nance Harber, on my arrival home, 
she remembered l>oth distinctly, describing both to me, although she had 
been from there for fifty-two years.) 

I am hungry. I must seek Cousin Icon's and eat some more peaches. 
They will taste letter than these deceptive persimmons I picked up on the 
farm of " Uncle Billy." y 

The Author. 

Clement Nance, senior, passed to his reward in July or the 
first days of August, 1828, judging from the fact that his will went 
to probate August 14 of that year, being seventy-two years of age. 
He died of bloody flux, which complaint was quite fatal that year. 
He was buried in the orchard on the farm on which he had lived 
since making entry June 25, 1S07. In September, 1 901, the author 

x The Nance Memorial. 23 

visited this farm. There is not a tree of the orchard standing. 

It is now a field. Even the graves are obliterated. Cousin 

Adeline Mosier pointed out the location of the city of the dead, 

from her memory, to the author, and he has no doubt but she was 

correct, for the more rank stubble and weeds indicated less worn 

soil. There is nothing to mark the resting place of this man 

of God. 

Rest in peace thou noble sire, 

No costly shaft nor funeral pyre 

Shall mark thy resting place; 

But in the city of thy Go<l, 

There, thou hast found a sweet abode, 

Thy spirit dwelleth there. 

A word as to the twelve children, or limbs, of Clement and Mary 
Jones Nance. Dorothy lived, died and was buried at Rockville, 
Indiaua. Mosias lived and was buried on his home adjoining 
that of his father. Susan was the first to pass away, dying 
between 181 1 and 1821. She lived near the old home and must 
have been buried in the vicinity, but the author has been unable 
to locate the sight of the grave. Mary lived in New Albany, and 
her remains are buried there. William spent most of his days 
near the old home, but died at Columbus, Illinois, and is buried 
there. Nancy spent the last fifteen years of her life in Texas, 
dying there in 1864. Clement, like his brother, William, spent 
most of his days near the old home, but the last year was spent 
at Columbus, where his body lies. These brothers are the only 
two of the family whose dust mingles in the same cemetery. Jane 
spent her days near the old home, and is buried in the Old Salem 
church yard. John Wesley was the second to go, dying almost 
in youth, September, 182 1, and is no doubt buried near the old 
home where he lived and died, but his grave is unknown to the 
author. Elizabeth out lived all her brothers and sisters, living 
and dying at Eureka, Illinois. She passed away in 1872, and is 
buried at Mt. Zion cemetery. James spent his days near the old 
home. He lived, died, and is buried at Laconia, Harrison county. 
Giles, the youngest, died among strangers, in Missouri, and is 
buried there. 

The church affiliations of Susan and John Wesley are not 
known. Mosias was a life long member of the "Old Christian 
Order," sometimes called "New Lights." Mary was a Presby- 
terian. James was a Methodist. The other seven were members 
of the Christian church. 


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A family, born and reared under the same roof tree 

Brothers and sisters loving, and each as dear cau be, 

Playing together, growing, climbing the hill of life; 

Reaching the top, this family tree l>egins to sway, its leaves to fall, 

Each child a new path chooses ; change for all. 

From down the hill, in the doorway, stands father, mother with 

eyes upturned, 
Noting the paths the children take, 
And anxiously loving, for love's own sake. 

New ties are formed and cares and years intervene, 

They're separate, scattered, though the love holds on, 

And sad it is that they should be 

So far apart, that each the other seldom see, 

And thus the years go on, till some the lease of life do slip; 

Their dust is lain, each in its chosen resting place, 

So distant e'en the priv'lege of viewing is denied. 

But all of this is naught. In God's own time, 

One family they meet, under their own roof tree, sublime; 

As travelers from distant lands, and sailors coming into port, 

They meet. In joy they greet, and talk the y?ars agone, 

When distance lay between, but now no more apart, 

The sad word separation never heard 

And death is named, but as the gate of life, 

The partings and the pain, forever gone, 

Their heaven reached — once more at home. 

—Joanni Shields Warren, 
January 27, 1904. 

Table showing the number of descendants of our ancestral 
head, by generations : 









Clement Nance 


, s 












































Mary J ones 

William Nance 



Clement Nance, Jr 

lane 1 Richardson \ 

John Wesley 




1 kichardson 

«"■*■* J iss- 

\ Benson 







758 _ 



Add Those Married into 




Grand Total 


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Dorothy Burton — Limb One. 

Dorothy Nance, the first born of Clement and Mary Jones 
Nance, was born in Virginia, March 22, 1776. She was married 
to Joseph Burton, in Virginia, and some of their children were 
born there. They appear to have come to Indiana with her 
father's family, arriving March 5, 1805. About 18 18 they moved 
to Vigo county, and a few years later to Parke county, same 
state, and settled near Rockville, where they continued to reside 
during life. .The husband died December 19, 1S36. Mother 
Burton continued to reside with her sons, Clement and Joseph, 
until she fell asleep in Jesus, February 11, 1850. She became a 
Christian rather late in life, joining the Christian church. She 
was ever after very devoted to her church. She was a great 
reader of her Bible, and good conversationalist, a good woman, 
kind and tenderhearted, always doing good. A niece writes of 
her: " She had a sweet, soft voice; was a good and kind old 
grandmother to us all." When sixty, she rode horse-back from 
Indiana to Woodford county, Illinois, to visit her sister, Elizabeth. 

She was the mother of fourteen children, two dying in infancy. 
The others are named as follows as branches : 

Clement, Nancy, 

Charles, Lucretia, 

Preston (died young), William (died young), 

Elizabeth, Josephus, 

Thomas, Mary, 

James R., Wiley C. 

Clement Burton — Branch One. 

Clement Burton was born in Virginia, August 5, 1795. Was 
united in marriage to Miss Ann T. Merriweather, in Louisville, 
Kentucky. He is said to have opened the first grocery store ever 
in New Albany. He became a member of the Christian church 


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early in life and was always a 
faithful Christian. He was a 
deacon in the church for many 
years. Moving from Rockville 
to Fountain Creek, same state, 
he found no church of his choice 
but was instrumental in having 
one started soon. The same was 
true when he moved to Iowa, 
which was in 1853. He was a 
farmer by occupation, dying on 
his farm near Clarksville, Iowa, 
March 16, 1864. He was the 
father of fourteen children, twelve 
by his first wife and two by his 
second wife, Miss Rachel Taylor. 
Those growing to maturity are 

named below as twigs. He is said to have been a man without 

fault, loved and honored by all who knew him. 

Branch One. 


William F... w.. d. 
Martha Morris.... 

I«ucinda C. h., d. 
Wm. Bradbury... 

James M.. w., 1829-1870 
Marj* Jane Guy 



Sarah C. h. 
Ross F.ldon Witt, .. 
Clarksville, Iowa. 

Isabelle, h.. d. 

Clement N.. 
El Reno, Oklahoma. 

Melvina, h. 


Monroe, Oregon. 

Albert E., 
I«afayette, Indiana. 

Nancy A., h.. 1851. 
George Nickel, 
Hartford, Kansas. 

John M.. 1833-1879. 
Sarah Ellen, 1854-1876. 

Wm. H. II., w., 1857 

Josie Moxley 

Burlingame, Kinsas. 


Frank I... w. 
Vashti Griggs. ... 
Shell Rock, la. 

Mamie E., h. 
Edw. R. Waugh... 
Blairstown, Mo. 

Charles E. 

( Fred B. 

Royston E. 
Richard A. 
John H. 
Neal D. 

Adalaide. h. ( Mark E. 

R. 11. Waugh 1 

Clarksville, Iowa ( .Sarah E. 

Edgar I«., 1877. 
William J. 
Henry Guy. 
Constance C. 
John M. 
Edna Alice. 

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lames M . w.. 182M870 


Thaney Ann, h. 
Clarksville, Iowa. 

Km ma Alice, h., d. 

Phelie Lora, h. 


Ottawa, Kansas.. 


Frank, w. 
Mable Shadbolt. 



Dorothy Jane. h.. 1867 
Long lieach, Cal. 

( Irene Allen. 
( Altha I'earle. 

Dorothy Jane, h. , 
Homer, Illinois. 

No issue. 

Carrie, h., d. 

A. I,. Vanllosen 

( Robert. 
( I«ouis. 

11. T. Luckey N., w., d.  

Mary. h. 
K. W. Virden. 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Jnmes W. 
John M. 

Lucre tia C, h. 
Spirit Lake, Iowa. 

Klla. h. 


Spirit Lake, Iowa. 


Km ma, h., 
George P. Arp, 

oLulxiji, Iowa. 


Rachel I,., h. 
Troy Mills, Iowa. 

r Cora A., h. 

( Troy Mills, Iowa. 

( Minnie, h. 
< Frank Hennen, 
( Sandusky, Ohio. 

George H j Killed in battle, 1864 

Joseph Clement, w { N c ^ viIlc> Iowa . 

r II. F. L- B. Cha 
\ Randolph, N 

Mary R., h. 

I,. F. Cham pi in 

Little Valley. N. Y 

ew York. 

James M. Burton, twig, and family, left Warren county, 
Indiana, in 1866, and moved to Bates county, Missouri, and pur- 
chased a farm on which the family continued to reside until the 
death of the parents. The father died in 1870, and the mother 
in 1872. In 1874, the children moved in wagons to Osage 
county, Kausas, where they continue to farm. 

William H. H. Burton, bud, married in 1876. He is the 
father of ten children. Three have passed to the " land beyond." 

Edgar L,., blossom, is a dentist at Osage City, Kansas. 

William J., is in Kansas City. The rest of the children are 
at home. 

Dorothy Jaue and Dr. Mosier, twigs above, have resided many 
years at Homer, Illinois. The doctor has been dead a number of 


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years, leaving a cousin large property to care for. She has 
helped the author all in her power, sending her father's picture 
for plate. 

Nancy Burton — Branch Two. 

Nancy Burton was born in Virginia, March 14, 1798. 

James Mitchell was born in Virginia, the son of William 
Mitchell and Cloa Nance. (Cloa Nance and Clement Nance, 
senior, were first cousins.) They were married October 12, 18 16, 
Clement Nance, "minister of the gospel," performing the cere- 
mony. This was in Floyd county. They moved to Vigo county 
in 1S1S, and to Parke county in 1826. They removed to Wood- 
ford county, Illinois, in 1833, settling at Walnut Grove. 

They became Christians in Parke county, joining the Christ- 
ian church, Elder John Oatman baptising them. They continued 
to reside in and about Eureka the remainder of their lives, the 
wife dying last, on March 18, 1874. "She was a great home 
body. Her home was her castle and she was the queen. The 
golden rule go/erned her actions." She was the mother of ten 
children, those growing to maturity being named below as twigs: 


William, w„ 1817-1903 
Susan U»ng. 1820-1888 

Josephus, w„ 1819-1888 
Sarah Blount, d.. 1897. 


Nancy Jane. h. 
Thomas Bullock. 
Toledo,- Ohio. 

Henrietta, h. 

II. M. Reynolds 

Washington, Illinois. 

Amanda H., h. 

F. K. Jennings 

Truman, Minnesota. 

Henry Clay, w., d. 
Mary McKeever. ., 


( C Edwin, w. ( 

I*eoua Kingsbury d < Blauche. 

Minnie, h. 
[ Herb. Vauhihber. 

William H., w. 
Nancy 1 'at ton, 
.Monmouth. 111. 

Mae. At home. 

William J., w. 

I.ydia Huston J c y n J*. F - H- 

( Freddie, d. 


Minnie Belle. 
Charles J. 

l,eona, h. 
Oscar Jewett. 

2nd w. 



James Ira, 1849-18G0. 

Kmma, h. 

Charles West 

Fureka, Illinois. 

f Sadie, h., 1872 
Nathi Drake J I^orTence. 

Nellie, h., 1874 

M. Frederick...... 1 Denver D. 

Washington, III. I 

Archie, 1877. 

Alnioti, w.. 1880 

Alice Norr is J Richard C 

Mayme. h.. 1882 
Mark A. Hutsou. 

Frank, 1894. 

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Elizabeth, h., 1821-1857 
Robt. C. Nance, <i 



William Fox J Alphonzo. 

) Walter. 
[ John. 
Robt. C. I«ost in civil war 

r Frank, w. 
Florence Blockson 

I,orena, h. 

W. W. Barnes.. 

f Mary, h 



' F.mely. h. 
Thos. J. Carton 

2nd h. J. E. Crayton, d. 

Amanda, h. 
Warren Rucker 

Ncaty, h. 

G. W. Sparks. 


Mary, h. 

II. E. Nelson. 






Emma J. 

( Ida. 

Floyd S. 






Genevra, h. 
Frank Egbert., 

Genetta, h. 
Clarence Gould.. 

' Forest H., w. 
Hattie Driella. 

Tracy B. 

Jay. . 
(. Luther E. 

Frederick N., w., b. 1824 
Martha F«. Heath, d 

Jas. Pleasant, w., b 1830 

Alice Harris 

Sidney, Illinois. 



Frank P., w. 
May Sullivan. 

f I.ulu. 
I Helen. 

Harvey H., w. 
Florence Bensraith. 

Harvey, b. 1881 

Allerton, Illinois. 

f Harvey, w. 
Minnie Avers 


Millard S. 
(. T. Paul, 

Mary Ann, h, b. 1833 

Wm. S. Bullock 

Secor, Illinois. 

Kureka, Illinois. 

iohn M., w. 
■jMina Blanchard. 
Kll'aso, Illinois. 

Clara, h. 
h Thos. Spencer. 

F.liia Jane, h., 1837-1871. 
John Foster 

Charles O.. 1826-1840. 
John O., 18281855. 
Amanda, 1839-1848. 

Geneva, h. 

Wm. H. Smith 

Metamora, Illinois. 

' Oakley. 




f Floyd E., w. 
Maud I* Shepurd 

- Vida Blanche 
Uda C. 
Chas. W. 

Ray. w. 
Jennie Pettitt. 

John W., d. 

Lea M. 

Clara F.lnora. 



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William Mitchell, twig above, was born in Floyd county, 
Indiana, July 31, 18 17. When an infant the family moved to 
Vigo county, same state. Eight years later they removed to 
Parke county, same state. In 1833 tne family came to Walnut 
Grove, now Eureka, Illinois. Young William was then sixteen 
years of age. While there are five living limbs, and he but a 
twig, yet he has been the oldest living descendant of our ances- 


Twig at>ovc. 

tral head for many years. H Uncle Will," as he has been famil- 
iarly called for a generation, by nearly all, had Nance bloody that 
none of the rest of us have. He was a grandson, on his father's 
side, to Cloa Nance Mitchell. She was first cousin to Clement 
Nance, our ancestral head. Thus he had a double portiou of 
Nance blood. 

He was united in marriage with Susan Long, March 29, 1837. 

The Nance Memorial. 31 

Eureka and Mt. Zion, near by, have been his home for seventy 
years. Farming has been his occupation. In the early winter 
of 1835, he and James Oatman drove 335 hogs to Dundee for 
Thomas Dewees, from Walnut Grove. The distance was about 
150 miles. This was no small task at the time, with no roads or 
bridges, and but few settlers on the way. Before reaching their 
destination, some forty miles northwest from Chicago, a deep 
snow fell which prevented the hogs traveling. They, therefore, 
butchered the hogs and sold the pork to the settlers who came 
from all directions, including Chicago, to lay in their year's meat. 
These drovers spent the greater part of the winter chopping for 
Joseph Oatman, and then returned on foot to Walnut Grove, 
bringing the money, over one thousand dollars, with which to 
pay for the hogs. 

Uncle Will was one of the sweetest, purest, dearest old gentle- 
men that I have ever met. He was just like my father and so 
many of their cousins, whose names appear and are given credit 
at the proper place. But for his assistance there are many things 
in this book that could never have been written. He has been 
my chief helper. 

He became a Christian in 1836, obeying the gospel with 
twenty others in the first large meeting ever held at Walnut 
Grove. He was early chosen deacon of the Walnut Grove (now 
Eureka) Christian church. When the Mt. Zion church was 
organized in 1855, he was chosen church treasurer, and also one 
of the deacons. After a very few years he was chosen one of 
the elders, which position he held to the date of his death. He 
held the ofTice of church treasurer for twenty-five years. He was 
a liberal supporter of Eureka college in its early days when iu 
greatest need. 

His companion passed away 011 September 30, 1888, and he 
was buried on the fifteenth anniversary of her death. 

Cousin William passed peacefully to rest early in the moruing 
of September 28, 1903, at the home of his daughter, Henrietta 
Reynolds, in Washington, Illinois, but a few miles from Mt. Zion 
where he had lived for so long. A large concourse of his friends 
and relatives gathered at the Mt. Zion church on the afternoon of 
the thirtieth, to pay the last sad rites to one whom all loved. 
Singers from four churches, 'round about, sang the old hymns, 
his favorites, aud Prof. B. J. Radford, of Eureka college, who 
has been the preacher at this church very much of the time for 

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thirty-five years, preached a fine sermon from the words,  ' I have 
fought the good fight, I have fiuished the course, I have kept the 
faith. '  Among many other comforting words he said : * 4 1 think 
it probable it was easier for Father Mitchell to be good than it is 
for some of us, yet we do not know how much of his goodness 
was the result of constant effort and trusting faith on his part in 
the early years of his long Christian life." 

His children were all present at the last sad rites. His daugh- 
ter, Klla Jennings, came from Minnesota a few hours before his 
demise. His daughter, Jennie Bullock, and her sou, Edwin, 
came from Toledo, Ohio ; his brother, Pleasant, from Sidney, 
Illinois, and his sister, Mary Bullock, and her family, from Secor, 
near by. Only one brother, Frederick, was absent. There were 
nearly half a hundred relatives gathered around the open tomb 
where we lay the beloved of all, beside his life's companion and 
her mother, Elizabeth Long. 

We tarried around these graves a full hour, in family greet- 
ings. Many had not met in years. Some had never met. It 
was a sweet communion. Owing to his habit of attending all 
state conventions of his church of a missionary nature, most of 
them being held at Eureka, Elder Mitchell was probably as well 
known among the ministers of the state as any man in the state, 
outside their own ranks. Besides, of the one hundred and twenty- 
five ministers who have preached at Mt. Zion since its organiza- 
tion in 1855, many were but boys from Eureka college, making 
their first attempts at preaching, but now filling the best pulpits 
in the land. These all looked upon Elder Mitchell as their per- 
sonal friend, and will so mourn his loss. 

Surely the prayer of our Lord for His disciples, is answered in 
Father Mitchell's life. "I pray not that thou shouldest take 
them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from 
the evil." He was kept from the evil in a superlative sense. 

Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Jennings, buds above, are farmers in 
Minnesota. They expect to retire from active farm life after the 
present season, and settle in town near by.- 

Of their children, William J. is a railway mail clerk, Harvey 
is a commercial traveler, Minnie is a school teacher. She is also 
a teacher of music. Charles is still in the high school. He 
expects to study medicine. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Bullock, buds, are retired, residing with 
their children in Toledo, Ohio. Their sou is a commercial traveler. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds, buds, reside in Washington, a quiet 
retired life. Of their children, William is a clothier, at Mon- 
mouth, Illinois. Mae is at home. 

Charles Burton— Branch Three. 

Charles Burton was born in Virginia, in the year 1800. He 
was reared in Floyd county, Indiana. Here he was united in 
marriage with Mitta Perkins, August 12, 18 19, by his grand- 
father, Clement Nance, senior. In 1825 he removed with his 
family to Parke county, same s r ate, near Rockville. The county 
at that time was an almost unbroken forest, abounding in wild 
game. Here he entered a farm and soon had a substantial home, 
where he continued to reside till his death. 

For many years he was engaged, more or less, as a shipper to 
New Orleans. He was a man of deep religious nature and a 
member of the Baptist church. He died at the age of fifty-nine, 
leaving a large family, the care of which rested largely upon his 
oldest living son, James M. 

This couple were the parents of eleven children, those grow- 
ing to maturity being named below as twigs: 

Thomas, d. at 22. 

F.pervia, h., d. 

Francis Cunningham, d 


Elizabeth, h.. d. 
John Caul, d 

Dorothy, It. 

Silas Stonerock, d. 

f Mary A., h. 

Cornelius Thompson, d. 
1 2nd h. David Adkius, d. 

Cayuga, Indiana, 
t John. Killed in civil war 

Marrietta, h. 
Geo. Moore. 

Maggie, h. 

Bobo, d. 

2nd h. Stewart. 


Oskaloosa, Iowa. 



Sarah Jane, h. 

Joseph Reed 

Wilcox, Washington. 


!>ella V. h. 

Chas. Cougleton. .. 

Katie, d. at 16. 

Chas. 1.. 

Francis S., d. at 21. 


f Clyde. 

- Carl. 

( Uiwrence. 

Charles J., »., 1867 
L.ucy Ross. 
Carthage, Mo 

Jasper Franklin, w 

Bertha Cairol 

Durango, Colo. 

Fredric C.. w. 

lacrosse. Wash. 
Si!a> 1.. 

Wilcox, Wash. 

Benjamin R.. w. 

Margaret lone*. 
Wilcox, \\ash. 

Jos. Garfield, 
Wilcox. Wash. 

Burton Wiley, 1*83. 
Wilcox, Wash. 

\ I children. 


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Dorothy, h. 

Silas Stoncrock; d. 


| Ruth, h. 

- James Hays 

( I'rhana, Illinois, 
N. Organ Street. 


( Florence C, h. 

2d h. Dr. Isaac Carman d - Andrew Hunt 

( Cayuga, Indbna. 


Eva, h. 

Win. H. Fluke . 

Catharine, h. 
Fred Silver 

Fred, w. 
Mae Sewall. 

k burton. 



Ina Ruth. 




James If., w.. 1827 
Margaret CofTman, 
Dana. Indiana. 

Coleman, w. 

Sarah McKeen 

Cayuga, Indiana. 

Myrtle C, 1891. 

Norwood Nutt. 
Myron James. 
Harold Nutt. 

Martha, h. 
Edward Brockway. 

Elmonia. An invalid 

from childhood. 

Charles W., w. 

Flora I,. Nutt 

Crawfordsville, Ind. 

Sara belle, h. 
Henry M. Kardin. 
Dana, Indiana. 

( Henry, d. 
- Ballard, d. 
( George F., d. 

Jane, h. 

'''R^ille^Liana:-- { ***** Myrtle, 1884. 

Ellen, h. 

Edward Harvey ( Hazel. 

913 E. 7th Street, Pu- ( Roy. 

eblo, Colorado. 

William, w. 

Sarah, h., 1858, d. 
David Wolfe. 

I„ou. V., h. 

Achilla F. Moore, d 

Lirjt N. Alabama Street 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 
Members Central 
Christian Church. 

Thomas M., single, 
Silverwood, Indiana. 

Fred, w., 

Jay Edward. 1880 

Pueblo, Colorado 
Mildred EstellalK82 
Ethel May, 18K4. 
Clara Belle. 1KMJ. 
Walter A.. 1889. 

Sarah N unger . Marguerite Randolph. .. ( 

Silverwood, Indiana. \ 

Carroll F. 

Flora, h. 

Dell Williams f Ruth. 

Silverwood, Indiana. \ Chancey D. 
Mary Ellen, h. 
Moses Kelly | No issue. 

James M. Burton, twig above, was born aud reared in Parke 
county, Indiana. After his father's death, he remained at home 
until the death of his mother, and the younger children could 
care for themselves. In 1861 he married Margaret Coffman. 
Her parents were from Pennsylvania and of German descent. 
She was a devout Christian, a gentle wife and loving mother, and 
a member of the Christian church. They settled on a farm in . 
Vermilion county, Illinois, near Ridge Farm. He was a frugal 
and industrious farmer, and as a marked characteristic of his 

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family, was noted for his outspoken honesty, morality, and gen- 
erous hospitality. No more honorable name was known in his 
county. He was always interested in the church and charitable 
work of his community, and generously contributed to the same, 
and at the age of sixty, united with the Presbyterian church. At 
the age of fifty-five, financial reverses overtook him and reduced 
him to moderate circumstances, and his children had none of the 
aids given by wealth and high social position. 

These parents are spending their reclining years at Dana, 

Bud ahove. 

"Charles W. Burton, bud above, whose likeness is shown here- 
with, was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, December 6, 1864. 
His father was a farmer, and the' lad was, therefore, brought up 
on the farm, attending the district school until thirteen, when he 
and his sister, Belle, entered the Grammar school in the village 



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near by. Only the winter months could be spared for school for 
Charles. At the age of seventeen he met with an accident which 
made him a cripple for life, and was compiled to abandon the 
farm. He taught in the public schools for three years, and 
entered Wabash college at Crawfoidsville, Indiana. He remained 
here four years, supporting himself through his own labor. 

"During his first summer vacation he solicited for a subscription 
book in Wisconsin and Minnesota. So well did he succeed in this 

Bud above. 

work, that he was soon installed with one of the largest publish- 
ing houses of the country, as superintendent of agencies, which 
afforded him means to defray his college expenses. He was 
characterized as a diligent, earnest student, modest, plain, and 
more anxious to acquire knowledge than display learning. 

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Bud above. Twice a widow. 

1891. She is 
a devoted wife 
and mother, 
an intelligent 
and conspicu- 
ous for her 
quiet and do- 
mestic nature. 

* * * 


ing college he 
first engaged 
in the mer- 
cantile busi- 
ness at Cov- 
ington, Indi- 
ana, but so 
strong was his 
love for the 
law, he aban- 
doned the 
business, at 

"At this institution 
he acquired the repu- 
tation of being a good 
debator, as well as a 
pleasant and forceful 
speaker. Here he 
developed those 
powers of analysis 
and argument which 
have served him well 
in his profession. 

"At the close of his 
college work he was 
married to Flora 
Lydia Nutt, June 18, 



Blossom above. 
Died at 16. 

Blossom above. Died at 21. 

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the age of twenty-eight, to enter the law office of the Honorable 
Judge Jere West, as a student, at Crawfordsville. 

*f* ^^ ^^ ^^ ^^ ^^ 

"He was admitted to the Crawfordsville bar in November, 1894, 
and at once entered upon a successful practice. 

"In politics he is a democrat, but has never abandoned his pro- 
fession for that of politics. His steadfastness of purpose, his 
honest desire to accomplish that which was for the best interest of 
his client, has secured for him a large clientage and profitable 

"He is a prominent member in several of the secret orders, a 

- *s 





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Clothier, Cayuga, Indiana. Bud. 

member of the Knights of Pythias, an Odd Fellow, a member of 
the Grand Lodge of this order and District Deputy Grand Master 
for two consecutive terms, and a Mason, having passed the 
several degrees to that of the rank of Knights Templar. 

"In 1886, he joined the Presbyterian church, but upon his 
marriage he transferred his membership to that of the Methodist 
church, in which his wife was a member. 

"Those who know him best, know him to be a man of strong 

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attachments for his friends, bearing the truest and deepest affec- 
tion toward those who had kindred with, or claims of friendship 
or gratitude upon him. The writer of this brief sketch has had 
evidence of this constantly forced upon him, during an intimate 
knowledge of the subject for years. In all, he is an honest man. 
4 An honest man's the noblest v**ork of God.' His deeds are the 
best measure of his life. His works make his enduring monu- 
ment. Such is a brief record of Charles W. Burton, one of the 
youngest members of a remarkable family." 

The author has never met Cousin Charles, although he has 
had much correspondence with him. A friend has furnished the 

r ^ -^- mum ■— —» « 

—-■ .■■»—.. .wiimniw p^ 


— — 

Dorothy burton-Carman 



above sketch, and is used, as it is better than the author could 
write from his knowledge. There are other members of this 
branch who should have been written up, but the author has 
been unable to procure the data for the same. He knows from 
what he has heard in a general way, that they are worthy, but he 
has not learned the art of writing biography without enough data 
from which the frame work can be formed. No one can regret 
this more than himself. 


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Lucretia Burton-Cook — Branch Four. 



Lucretia Burton must have 
been born in Virginia, about 
the year 1802. Samuel Cook 
was born at Staunton, Vir- 
ginia, but the date is not 
known. They were married 
in Floyd county, Indiana, 
December to, 18 18, Clement 
Nance, "minister, of the 
gospel," performing the cere- 
mony. They settled on a 
farm in Harrison county, 
near Lanesville, where they 
remained a few years, when 
they removed to New Albany 
and purchased a farm on the 
"knobs" near town. He 
erected the first brick houses 
in town, a grocery and a 
dwelling. Here they lived 
many years, he runuing a 
grocery. They were Bap- 
tists, as I believe most of 
their descendants are. They 
were the parents of twelve 

children, those growing to maturity are named below as twigs. 

It is said the mother never had her picture taken ; that of the 

father is shown herewith. 

The mother died at the home in New Albany, and is buried 

on the farm on the "knobs." Her death occurred about 1846 

or 1847. 

The mother must have been a great favorite among the Burton 

family, judging t:om the many Lucretia Cooks found therein. 



Consort of Branch Four. 


William, w. 
Rachel Wright, d. 


' I„ucretia, h. 

Bowling Green, Ky. 

James, w. 


Bowling Green, Ky. 


ry. h. 
Porter McKay. . 

T Mary, h 

I James. 
[ Marlha. 




1. Minnie, h. 

, Stone J, 

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Mary, h., d. 

James Jenkins J Jennie. 

I William. 
F.mely. h., d. 


William, w. 
Rachel Wright, d. 

John, w. (lost in war) 

Mary Brindley, d •; Charles A., w. 

Rousseau, d. 

Minnie h. 

Al Burton j Mary. 

Bowling Green, Ky. j Edwin. 

Rachel, d. 

I/uira. single. 

David. Died in war of 

I Ella l«nrk .-.••••• J Minnie. 

{, New 

Alliany, Indiana. I Walter. 

Josephut. w.. d J Josephus 

{ames H., w. 
".imly M ari< luck .. 
Flint, Michigan. 

John H., w. 

Effie G. Bush 

Flint, Michigan. 

i Minnie M. 
.. < FUa I,. 
( Emily E. 

Amelia A., h. 

Edward Reid j Emily I*. 

Amelia, h. 

Chas. Stewart, d « John Hespen 

Forest, Canada. 

David J., w. 
I^ouise Huxley, 
Effingham, Illinois, 

Annie K. 
Minnie I,. 

Samuel, d. 

{ Mamie, h. 

Eureka, Illinois. 


Bowling Green, Ky. 

I Amelia I. 

I Gilbei 
< Ameli 
I John. 


Mrs. Amelia Stewart, twig 
above, is living a quiet, retired life, 
at Eureka, Illinois. She has been 
separated from her family nearly 
all her life, and knows very little 
about them. Cousiu Amelia, as 
she is called in Eureka, is a true 
and faithful Christian, a member 
of the Presbyterian church, adorn- 
ing the doctrine of her Saviour by 
a chaste walk and conversation. 

Prof. David J. Cook, bud above, 
is principal of the Department of 
Negative Making, in the Illinois 
College of Photography, situated at 
Effingham, Illinois. 













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Charles A. Cook, bud, is a grocer in New Albany. Is a 
member of the Baptist church, and from appearances, is a fine 

A strange thing to me is, that when I visited him at his store, 
in September, 1903, in the midst of two hundred relatives, he did 
not know he had one in the city. He did not know he was a 
member of the Nance family. On the other hand, his relatives 





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did not know he was a grandson of I*ucretia Burton. I have 
found others almost as ignorant of their ancestry. Can anyone 
now doubt the utility of this work ? 

James H, Cook, twig above, was born iu New Albany, in 
1839. Went south. Served in the Confederate army. After- 
wards went to Canada, where he married. Now resides at Flint, 

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Elizabeth Burton— Branch Seven. 

Elizabeth Burton was born May 4, 1808. She was married to 
Thomas Wright, July 20, 1823, by Clement Nance, and lived at 
Rockville, Indiana, until about 1862, when her son, Jacob, went 
after her and brought her to Eureka. She lived a widow many 
years, loved by all who knew her. She was a consistent Christ- 
ian, a member of the Methodist Episcopal church nearly all her 
life. She died at Eureka, July 5, 1890, and was buried there. 
"Lort *.o sight, but to memory dear." She was the mother of 
eleven children, those growing up are named below as twigs. 
Mr. Wright died in Parke county, i852. 




Dorothea, h., 1822. d. 

David P. Harl>er, d ) Josephine. 

1 F.lizabeth. 
William, w. 
Mary Marshall | Km|U< 

Josephus. w.. 18271903. 

Urhaua, Illinois. 
2nd w. Surah Gould. 

' I.ishu, w., d. 
Ktunta Hale, d. 

Mary. h. 

Rev. W. N. Tobic J 

Urbana, Illinois. i 

Kva. At home. 

1. d. 


Sylvester, w. 
Pittsburgh, Kansas. 

Theodore, w. 

Julia Foster J 

r Pluma. 

Pittsburgh. Kansas. 
2nd w. l-.tta Reynolds. 

. James B. 


Franklin, w. 

Julia Ramsey J 

Pittsburgh, Kansas. 



Sylvester, w. 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

. • 


f Alice. 

John II., w. 

Calvin, w. 
West Allis, Wisconsin. 

Klmer, w. 
Gussic Faulk, 
Richmond, Indiana. 

Stella B.. h 
Chas. Kent. 

Milwaukee, Wis. 


Kureka, Illinois. 


, 3 others. 

Jacob C, w., 1834. 
Nettie Robinson 

f Kdmond M.. 

1 Urbana, Illinois. 

I Muriel F... 

{ Chicago, Illinois. 

Kureka. Illinois. 

Lucretia C. h.. 1838-1900. 

( Addie. h. 

< Chas. Dickinson. 

1 Mary, St. Louis, Mo. 

Addison. Died single. .. 

j A soldier in civil war. 


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Amanda, h. 
Daniel McKay j Klizabeth . 

Benj. Frank, w. 

Kmtna Hart 

1S48 Winficld Street, 
l^os Angeles, Cal. 

f Stella, h. 

IJenj. White j Dorothy. 

I Marjory. 
Feral, d. 

Josephus Wright. 

Josephus Wright was bom near Rockville, Indiana, January 
6, 1827. By his first wife, Sarah Sibley, of Rockville, he had 
five children. All preceded the father to the grave. His second 
wife was Sarah Gould, of Eureka, Illinois, whom he married in 
iS — . By her he had four children, but one of whom survives 
to cheer her mother in her declining years. Mr. Wright resided 
many years at Eureka. For ten years he was a clothier in 
El Paso, Illinois. Afterwards he made his home in Bloomington 
and Normal, same state, until December, 1902. Having sold his 
home in Normal he removed to Urbana, where his death occurred 
June 16, 1903. He had been a member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church for more than forty years. His remains were brought 
to Eureka, and were laid away from the home of his brother, 
Jacob. Many of his friends of former years, as well as his 
relatives, attended the services, which were held at 9:00 A. M., 
to pay respect to his memory. 

Mr. Wright's surviving child is the wife of Rev. W. N. Tobie, 
pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, at Urbana, Illinois. 

Sylvester Wright was born in Indiana, about 1829. He 
was a dry goods merchant in Eureka for many years, in 
partnership with his brother, Frank. They removed to Pitts-, 
burgh, Kansas, some twenty-five years since, continuing the 
same line of business. He is now retired, leaving his sons in 
charge. He is a life-long Methodist of prominence, a good 
preacher, having done much in that line. 

This community was saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected 
death of Mrs. J. L. Myers, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. 
Addie Dickinson, in Kansas City, on Sunday, October 14, 19m). 

Mrs. Myers had just returned from the morning service of her church, 
and had gone up stairs. When, a few minutes later, she was called to 
dinner, she made no answer, and investigation showed that she was dead. 
She had visited some weeks here this summer among relatives and friends, 
and seemed to be in tolerable health. 

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Mrs. Myers, whose maiden name was l,ucretia Cook Wright, was born at 
Rockville, Ii diana, January 4, 1838. She came with her family to Eureka, 
in 1862, and became an active church worker, helping to organize the 
Methodist church here. On April 13, 1S69, she was married to J. L. Myers, 
and their home was here until the husband's death, July 10, 1887. In 1S89, 
Mrs. Myers removed with her two daughters, Addie and Mary, to Blooming- 
ton. In 1895, she went to Kansas City to make her home with her daughter, 
Mrs. Addie Dickinson. Funeral services were held in Kansas City, con- 
ducted by her pastor, Dr. Hughes, of the Methodist Episcopal church, ami 

Twifj above. 

W. F. Richardson, of the First Christian church, and the remains were 
brought here, where, after a short service at the home of her brother, John 
Wright, she was laid to rest beside her huslwnd. 

Mrs. Myers was an estimable Christian woman. As daughter, sister, 
wife, mother, and Christian, she was conscientious, faithful and loving. 
The body was accompanied by her daughters, somin-law, and her brother, 
Frank, and they must have been gratified and comforted by the large attend- 
ance of former neighbors and friends, and the universal sympathy manifested. 
—Eureka ( Illinois ) Journal. 

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Branch Eight 


S%dvester, w. 

Elixa P. Hphlin 

Eureka, Illinois. 

Elizabeth, h. 
A. B. Fairbanks, d ... 
2nd h. Jno. Q. Reed, 
Beatrice, Nebraska. 

Amelia J., h., d. 

William Wells 

Lexington, Nebraska. 

David G., w. 

Ella Hedges 

Eureka, Illinois. 

Josephus, w. 

Fannie Fewell 

i, Eureka, Illinois. 

{Earnest, d. 
Mary E., 
Beatrice, Nebraska. 

John w. 
Ada Godfrey. 

Ora, h. 

Otlia Oldfather. 

Pearl R.. h. 

Fred Oldfather 

Josephus Burton 
Branch Eight. 

Josephus Burton was 
bom April 4, 18 10. He 
married Amanda Watts, in 
1832. Lived at Rockville, 
Indiana, until 1858, when 
he removed to Eureka, 
where he died, November 
8, 1878. He was a tiller 
of the soil. A life long 
member of the Methodist 
church, and a pillar in the 
same. The author, dur- 
ing his college days, fre-. 
quently visited his pleas- 
ant home at the edge of 
Eureka. He was the 
father of eight children, 
those growing to maturity 
are named below as twigs : 



Bertha, d. 
George D. 

f Delia. 

1 l,u hi. 

Marion, w. 
Priscilla Gordon .. 
Blockton, Iowa. 

Josephus B., w. 
Emma I*. Chrisman. .. 
Beatrice, Nebraska. 

Ida. h. 

N. E. Washburn 

Marysville, Krnsas. 

Carrie, d. 
Infaut, d. 



Charles J., w. 
Mvrtle C. Baird. 
Walter J. 

{ Claude. 

( Carleton E. 
I Carrie E. 

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Beatrice, Nebraska. 

Twig above. 


lorn (\ tober 15, 18C0. 

Tuig above. 


Born December 19, 1883. 

Bud above. 


Born June 3, 1882. 
Bud above. 


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Beatrice. Nebraska. 

Bud al»ove. 

The family, or branch above, deserves 
more of a write-up than they have received. 
Few families have been more responsive as 
to cuts and orders for the Memorial, as far 
as reached by the author. Some of them, 
however, like too many others, have ignored 
the author entirely. None has furnished 
any data from which can be erected an 
adequate sketch. Their letters indicate 
bright, intelligent writers. 

Miss Mary E. Reed, bud, is a recent 
graduate from the high school of her home 

Thomas Burton — Branch Nine. 

Thomas Burton first married Caroline Brockway, who bore 
him three children. His second wife was Nancy Wilson, who 
also gave birth to three children. He became quite eminent as a 
physician. He lived many years at Eureka, and followed his 
profession. In the early 7o's, he disappeared from home and was 
never heard from or seen thereafter. The author always liked to 
converse with the doctor, for he was a fine conversationalist and 
well versed in matters in general. Those of his children growing 
to maturity are named below as twigs : 


Edmond. \v. 
Martha I'ickard. 


{ Clara, h. 

f Adams. 

f Archie. 
. J Grace. 

j Howard. 

I Kdna. 
Charles, w. 
Arabella Stewart J Vivian or Veva. 




By 2nd w. 
Byron, w. 
Minerva Falkinson 

Mary Burton — Branch Ten. 

Mary Burton and William Guffey were married and were the 
parents of three children, named below as twigs. No one has 
been found who could give any further information. 

John M.. d. 

Martha, h. 
Joshua McDowell. 




( Margaret, d. . 
William. Died after re- 
turning from civil war 




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James Reed Burton — Branch Eleven. 

James Reed Burton was born in Floyd county, Indiana, April 
2, 1816. When James was a small child the family removed to 
the interior of the state. He was united in marriage with Mary 
Shirk, about 1841. They came to Eureka at an early day, about 
1846, from Parke county, Indiana. He lived a highly honored 
and respected citizen until 1865, when he passed to the reward of 
the righteous. From all accounts he must have been one of 
God's most noble men. He was an active member of the Christ- 
ian church. He was the father of eight children, those growing 
to maturity are named below as twigs. 

The mother brought the children up to be true and good citi- 
zens. The author spent two years in the home of this family 
while in college, and can say truthfully he never had a better, 
nor more pleasant home. The mother lived to see all her chil- 
dren grown and happily married. 


Sarah A., h. ( I.ulu. h. ( 

Rev. B. B.Tyler -! Rev. Krrett Gates •( Tyler. 

Denver, Colorado. ( Chicago, Illinois. ( 


David T., w , d. 

I^ou. Parker 

I^adoga, Indiana. 

Mellie, h. 

M. D. Coffeen 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Hudora S., h. 
Walter C. Paige, 
Louisville, Kentucky. 

Thomas R., 
Chicago, Illinois. 

Elizabeth, h. 
Ira K. Dickinson, 
Hammond, Indiana. 


Charles, w. 

Nellie B. Smith, d | Michael Mortimer. 

Olive, h. 

Howard Cook f Howard C. 

Chicago, Illinois. \ Olive Dorothy. 

Ella, h., d. , ., . 

S. A. Marney. d | JJjJJJjJf' d - 

Joseph, w. , __ . 

tou McKnight J S at . t,e - 

Chicago, Illinois. I fc ^ rl 

Olive, h. 
>r. S. W. ~ 
Eureka, Illinois. I Mellie. 

Dr. S. W. Lakin J 5S\"\ 

James Frank, w. . „„ _. 

Anna Harris J Klla Marguerite. 

Chicago. Illinois. I Hams. 

Sarah A. Burton, twig above, was born in Parke county, Indi- 
ana, in 1845, and came with her parents to Illinois, in 1846. Her 
girlhood was spent in Eureka and vicinity. She was educated in 
Eureka college. She met young Tyler in the class room in 

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Eureka college. The result is told below. Mrs. Tyler is bright, 
cheery, free, and genial, with friends and acquaintances, but is 
cautious, and just a little reserved in her intercourse with strang- 
ers and casual acquaintances. Her timidity, when it comes to 
doing anything in public, is painful. She shrinks from doing 
anything in public with an almost agony of pain. Nevertheless, 
her ability, of which she seems to be altogether unconscious, has 
compelled her, at times, to occupy positions of prominence. She 
has been a member of the Board of Managers of the Christian 
Woman's Board of Missions. 

During her residence in New York, she was, for a season, 
president of the Christian Woman's Board of Missions in New 
York State. She is especially interested in the educational work 
of the Christian Woman's Board of Missions, carried on in con- 
nection with a number of our State Universities, and in Calcutta, 
India. When she talks on this subject, or almost any other in 
which the Christian Woman's Board of Missions is interested, in 
private or in a meeting of friends and acquaintances, she flings 
her fears to the winds and waxes really eloquent. 

During her residence in New York, 1883 to 1896, she was an 
ardent friend of the McCall Missions in France. She was the 
active head of a large sewing school in New York, in which girls 
were trained to be self-supporting. She was largely instrumental 
in getting up a school of instruction in parliamentary law for 
ladies, during this period of her life. She established, in con- 
nection with the Church of Disciples on West Fifty-sixth street, a 
station of the "Penny Provident Fund," a scheme for training 
the children of the poor in habits of thrift. With all this zeal in 
service, and efficiency as well, when she is asked to participate in 
public exercises, she is wont to say : " Go to my husband, he is 
the talker in the family. He preaches, I practice." 

In the home Mrs. Tyler is the queen. There is no brighter, 
happier home to be found than the one in which she presides. In 
New York her home was always open to young people, and 
others, sojourning in the city and attending the church of which 
her husband was pastor. 

In the South Broadway Christian church, Denver, one who 
knows her well, says: "Her influence is quiet, bright, cheery, 
all-pervading, and thoroughly Christian. If her husband's life 
has been fruitful of good, hisxwife is in every respect a worthy com- 
panion, and in the day of final reckoning, great will be her reward." 

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Mr. and Mrs. Tyler have recently purchased a fine home in 
Denver, and they are rejoicing that, for the first time in their 
lives, they are living M under their own vine and fig tree." 

Benjamin Bushrod Tyler was born on a farm near Decatur, 
Illinois, April 9, 1840. His father was John W. Tyler, from 
English stock. His mother was Sarah Roney, from Irish stock. 
Both were born in Kentucky, but were married in Illinois. He 

RKV. B. B. TYLER, D. D. 
Consort of twig above. 

was ordained to the work of the Baptist ministry before leaving 
Kentucky. As in Kentucky, so in Illinois, he combined farming, 
school-teaching, and preaching the gospel. Soon after his removal 
to Illinois he began the reading of the Christian Baptist, and later 
read the Millennial Harbinger, monthly publications edited by 
Alexander Campbell. He was pleased with Mr. Campbell's con- 

52 The Nance Memorial. 

ception and presentation of the Christian religion. Almost 
unconsciously he became identified with the " Campbell ites," the 
"Reformers," the " Disciples of Christ." Situated as he was he 
had unusual success in winning not only to the Christ but to the 
then new views of the Christian religion. Thus it was that his 
son was brought up in the faith of the Disciples, or Christians. 

On July 31, 1859, in a meeting held in a grove near the old 
home five or six miles east of Decatur, Benjamin Bushrod Tyler 
confessed Christ. His father was the preacher. The next morn- 
ing he was baptized by his father, in the Sangamon river. 
"Those days," he says, " are full of sweetness. An experience 
was passed through that can never be forgotten, neither in this 
world, nor the world to come." At once he begau to prepare for 
his life work. His desire was to preach. He felt that he was 
not good enough ; that he did not know enough. He inclined 
for a time to the vocation of school teacher. Law received some 
consideration, and possessed attractions for the young man, but 
even in this case, if he should become a lawyer, the ministry was 
to be the climax. In September, 1859, he entered Eureka college 
to prepare for the ministry. While in the college he used his 
talents in speaking for some of the churches 'round about, and in 
1 86 1 he assisted the state evangelist in a meeting at Litchfield. 
Young Tyler did his share of the preaching in this meeting, the 
meeting resulting in sixty-five additions to the church. On Sep- 
tember 4, 1 86 1, he was set apart to the work of the ministry by 
prayer and the laying on of hands. At once he entered the 
employ of the Montgomery- Macoupin County Christian Co-oper- 
ation as evangelist, his remuneration to be $20.00 per month. 
This continued one year and resulted in the addition of three 
hundred members to the churches of the co-operation. 

While a student at Eureka, young Tyler met Miss Sarah A. 
Burton, twig above. They formed attachments which culminated 
in their marriage in Eureka, December 25, 1862. 

The first pastorate of Mr. Tyler was of the Christian church 
in Charleston, Illinois, of three years, from December, 1864, to 
December, 1867. The second was one of five years, at Terre 
Haute, Indiana, from December, 1867, to December, 1872. The 
third was at Frankfort, Kentucky, from January, 1872, to May, 
1876. The fourth was with the First Christian church, Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, of seven years, from May, 1876, to June, 1883. 
The fifth was in New York City, West Fifty-sixth street, from 

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October, 1883, to October, 1896, thirteen years. His last and 
present pastorate, that of the South Broadway church, Denver, 
Colorado, began in September, 1500. 

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler visited Europe in 1880. He went to 
I^ondon as a delegate to a World's Sunday School Convention, 
from the Kentucky Suuday School Union. He became a member 
of the Executive Committee of the International Sunday School 
Association. He named the first member of the International 
Sunday School Lesson Committee, the late Isaac Errett. After 
Mr. Errett's demise, Mr. Tyler was elected to the vacancy by 
the International Sunday School Convention in Pittsburg, in 1890. 
He has been a member of this committee from that time to 
the present. 

The International Sunday School Convention, in Denver, in 
June, 1902, elected Mr. Tyler its president, which position he 
will hold until the next International Convention, at Toronto, in 

For ten years, during his residence in New York, he con- 
tributed a letter each week to the Christian Standard, under the 
heading, " New York Letter." He was a member of the Board 
of Managers of the American Bible Society, and served on the 
"Committee of Versions," with the Rev. Dr. Howard Crosby, 
Talbot W. Chambers, and others of similar character, learning 
and fame. 

Drake University conferred on Mr. Tyler the degree of Doctor 
of Divinity. He accepted the proffered honor in spite of a strong 
feeling among the Disciples against such titles, in the interest, as 
he said, of the liberty which belongs to one of Christ's freemen. 
He does not fancy the title and says that he does not deserve it. 

During his residence in New York he acted as president of the 
Christian Endeavor Union of New York and vicinity. It was the 
year during which preparations were in progress for the great 
International Endeavor Convention in New York, 1892. Just 
before the convention he was prostrated from over work, but 
during the convention was able to appear on the platform of the 
great Madison Square Garden, and speak to an audience of fifteen 
thousand people. His recovery from the attack of nervous pros- 
tration was a surprise to his physician, Dr. W. E. Rounds, of 
New York City. The doctor solemnly charged him to be careful 
and not permit a recurrence of the attack. With the beginning 
of 1896 there were unmistakable symptoms of similar breakdown. 

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His resignation as pastor was tendered. The church declined 
to accept it. He pressed the resignation with the result that an 
agreement was reached that it would take effect October i, 1896. 
Some of the members said: " We want you to take one more 
vacation at our expense." And it was so. After leaving New 
York some time was taken in resting and recuperating. He did, 
subsequently, an itinerant work among the churches. He called 
himself " A Didactic Evangelist." 

Mrs. Tyler's health gave way in September, 1900, rendering 
it impossible to continue this character of work. He went to 
Denver and accepted the pastorate of the South Broadway Christ- 
ian church, as told elsewhere. 

Early in the year 1903, Mr. and Mrs. Tyler visited Egypt and 
the Holy Land, Mr. Tyler acting as chaplain of the "Cruise." 
The journey was called "The Bible Student's Oriental Cruise." 

If an expression of the membership of the Christian church 
could be taken as to the mo.U influential family of preachers in 
the church at this time, I have no doubt the Tyler family would 
receive the meed. This not only because of their pastoral work 
and record, but also because of the great activity of B. B. iu the 
Sunday School work, and of both B. B. and J. Z. in the Christian 
Endeavor work. I have no doubt that B. B. Tyler would be 
voted the most popular preacher among us at the present day. 

Lulu Tyler Gates, bud above, whose likeness appears here- 
with, filled a week's engagement at the Bloomington, Illinois, 
Chautauqua, two successive seasons. The author had the pleas- 
ure of hearing her many times, besides on various other occasions. 
He is free to say that the following encomiums, selected from 
hundreds, are not overdrawn. 

The Nance family have produced, and are producing, lawyers, 
doctors, preachers, writers, aud musicians galore, but as far as 
known, Mrs. Gates is the only reader and impersonator in the 
family. She is fast winning her way to the very front rank in 
her profession. 

Record- Hera Id, Chicago, says: Lulu Tyler Gates is a remarkable 
woman. In reading and recitation she gives unmistakable evidence of that 
indefinable something which soothes, inspires, and cheers all who are fort- 
unate enough to hear her. * * * It is the candid opinion of the 
writer that Mrs. Gates possesses talents far suj>erior to many whose names 
have taken first rank among the gifted readers and impersonators of the day. 
The strong intense nature of splendid Christian character of this most excel- 
lent woman dominate, control, and charm the most critical auditor. 

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N. N. RiDDKM, : After listening to Mrs. Gates, in six programs of 
nearly an hour each, in the open air, before a Chautauqua audience, I take 
great pleasure in commending her work to the public, and especially to 
managers in need of a first-class artist. 

P. L. Jonks, Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction : I wish 
to commend most heartily Lulu Tyler Gates, of Chicago, who gives to her 
audiences an entertainment 
of very high order. In many 
respects she excels readers 
of wider repute, and gives, 
on the whole, the most satis- 
factory readings I have heard. 

Leland T. Powers : 
Lulu Tyler Gates has already 
proven her right to a front 
rank in the profession. When 
I heard her before a Chau- 
tauqua audience at Bloom- 
ingtou, Illinois, her work 
was received with great en- 
thusiasm by the audience, 
and with good reason. She 
is artistic, unaffected, and 
with remarkable dramatic 

G. P. COI.KR, Professor 
of liibblical Literature, Uni- 
versity of Michigan : I heard 
Lulu Tyler Gates give six . 
readings at Fountain Park 
Assembly this year. Her 
time on the program was 4:30 
to 5:30 p. M., just after the 
audience had listened to some 
noted lecturer for an hour or 
longer. But she held the 
audience day after day with 
growing interest, and a larger 
number remained to hear her 
each day. She is a gifted 
woman, and her power as a 
reader and impersonator is 
very great — far beyond that 
of most people who appear 
on the platform in that role. 

The Call, Lafayette, Indiana : Of all the splendid attractions at the 
Chautauqua the readings of Mrs. Lulu Tyler Gates, are probably attracting 
the most attention. She was scheduled to l>e on the afternoon program 
each day, but so great has been the demand of the public to hear her, that 


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Superintendent Shaw has been forced to ask her to appear in the evenings, 
which she has consented to do. 

[This happened a number of times at the Bloomington Chautauqua. — 

We shall close these quotations with one from the Pantagraph % 

Bloomington, Illinois: 

The attendance at the Chautauqua was broken yesterday afternoon, and 
Lulu Tyler Gates broke it. It is safe to say that one thousand more people 
greeted her to hear "The Sky Pilot," than had greeted any of the Chau- 
tauqua entertainers. Iceland T. Powers, who drew so well a few days ago, 
was not even favored with so large an audience. " The Sky Pilot " is always 
an interesting book, but the story as read yesterday afternoon was doubly 
interesting. The reader's impersonation of the various characters was splen- 
did. The large audience, men, women, and children, were delighted. 

Mrs. Gates was in this city January 15, with the Lulu Tyler 
Gates' Concert Company, filling a number of the Wesleyan 
Lecture Course. The company are all artists, and delighted a 
very large audience. The author and his daughter enjoyed a 
very pleasant call on Cousin Lulu, at the hotel. 

Wiley C. Burton — Branch Twelve. 

Wiley C. Burton was born in Floyd county, Indiana, October 
26, 18 1 9. His first wife was Elizabeth Noel. She was the 
mother of four children. Julia Branch was his second wife. She 
bore him four children. He has been stock raising in the Black 
Hills since 1876. His address is Elm Springs, South Dakota. 
He is the oldest of our family living. His children are named 
below as twigs : 


Joseph, w. ( Joseph \V. 

Man' Stephens < Scott Nance. 

Eltu Springs, S. D, ( Cole Noel. 

Sarah K., h., d. ( Blanche, 

E. H. Rawson < Slater, Iowa. 

( Edward. 

Lucretia. h.. d. I Bert B., 

C. H. Russell \ Des Moines, Iowa. 

Bessie 8., 
Omaha, Nebraska. 
Ella C. h. 
A. B. Hunter, 
2j1S College Avenue, 
Berkeley, California. 


Albert J., w. ( Nellie. 

Lydo Hanen < 

Pedro, South Dakota. ( Earle. 

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Mosias Nance— Limb Two. 

Mosias Nance was born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, May 
26, 1777. He died in Indiana, January 6, 1857. 

Margaret Denton was born in Virginia, March 1, 1781, and 
died in Indiana, March 3, 1833. 

They were married in the county of his birth, August 17, 
1797. They moved to Kentucky about 1804, settling near the 
Kentucky river. After a few years they followed his father to 
Indiana, Floyd county. He secured a farm adjoining that of his 
father, on which he continued to reside during life. He was a 
man of great faith, remaining through life true to the "Old 
Christian Order," usually called New Lights. He was a great 
sufferer during the last few years of his life. Losing the use of 
his lower limbs, he would crawl over the floor like a child. Not 
once was he known to lose his patience, but always exhibited the 
same calm, resigned, cheerful spirit, which he was known to 
possess. He frequently remarked, during these days of affliction, 
" Once a man and twice a child." He died at the home of his 
daughter, Elizabeth Russell, when nearly eighty, and was buried 
on the farm on which he had resided for half a century. Like 
Abraham, he "died in a good old age, an old man, and full of 
years. * * 

They were the parents of nine children, the first born dying 
in infancy. The other eight lived to have families of their own. 
They are named below as branches. 

On March 20, 1834, grandfather was married to Mrs. Nancy 
Humphrey. Later, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Nancy 
Walden, who survived him. 

Clement Denton Nance, William Joseph Nance, 
Mosias Nance, Jr., Nancy May Hancock, 

Mary -! ^ f ' Elizabeth Jane Russell, 

David Nance, Margaret Perkins Wolf. 


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Dr. Clement D. Nance — Branch One. 

Dr. Clement D. Nance was born in Virginia, September 17, 
1802. Died December 21, 1867. Margaret Calhoun was born 
January 18, 180S. Died December 21, 1883. They were married 
August 8, 1824. Moved to Whiteside county, Illinois, about 1836. 

Clement D., farmed, preached, and studied medicine. About 
1850, he gave up personal attention to the farm, quit preaching, 
and for the balance of his life, devoted himself to his large and 
constantly growing practice. He was eminently successful in the 
treatment of diseases. The goodness of his heart forbade his 
making adequate charges for his professional services. Many a 
man with his practice would have amassed a fortune. He had a 
farm before h: began his practice. He had the same farm at the 
close of life, and little more. He died on the same farm on 
which he had lived so long, mourned by a large circle of friends. 
He was a member of the Christian church all his mature life. 
Eight children were reared by this couple, named below as twigs. 
"Uncle Clem" was a great favorite in my father's family, 
especially among we children, as in fact he was wherever known. 
"Aunt Peggy " lived some sixteen years after the death of uncle. 
She lived a happy and coutented retired life. It was always a joy 
to have her visit us. 


Rutha. h. 
Benj. Tripp. 


David, w. 
Martha Alley.. 

Margaret, h. 
Jas. A. Dunbar. 

Mosias. w. 

Melinda Patch j 5* 1 ?*'. h 

Harry Jones. 

William C, w. . _. , 

Eliza Jeans \ g^ 8, 7' 

Olin, Iowa. \KfteTayloi 
2nd w. 

Jane. Died a young lady 

Nancy Ann, h. 
Geo. Mitchell, d.... 
White Horse, Ok. 

William, w. 
City Buster 

Jennie, h.« 
J no. Woodruff 

Pearl, h. 
k Jas. Watson. . 


I.eona I„. 
Eva B. 
Ada B. 
David A. 

I,aura, h. 
Matt Simpson. 






James A. 

David F. 



Clarence R. 





J Ralph. 

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DR. CLEMENT D. NANCE— Continued. 


Elisabeth, h.. d. 

Wm. Londen 

Main Prairie, Minn. 

John. Drowned in the 
Mississippi river at 
Fulton, Illinois, July 
4, 186a. 

Joseph, w.. d. 

Nancy Jeans, d 


Rimer, w. 
Lizzie Grady.. 

Clinton, w. 
Annie St. Agnis. 


( Mary R. 
I Ada. 
( Rrwin. 


Josie, h. 
John Miller. 

William J. Nance— Branch Two. 

* • 

William Joseph Nance was born in Kentucky, November 4, 
1804, and died February 16, 1859. He was married to Elizabeth 
La Follette, July 6, 1826, by Clement Nance, senior. After the 
birth of two children, the mother died. On October 25, 1833, he 
was married to Elizabeth Compton, who survived him several 
years, dying November 2, 1882. 

Mr. Nance spent his entire life on the farm where the family 
settled, after losing the Oatman claim, near New Albany. 

These were all faithfi*'. and consistent members of the Christ- 
ian church. 

By his second marriage there were ten children. These 
twelve are named below as twigs : 



an. Harvey, w., d. 
leanor Smith, d.. 

Nancy May, h., d. 

David Lemuel 


' Rsabinda. h. 
John H. Becker... 
Coleta, Illinois. 

Hattie, h., d. 
John Fritx. .. 


' William R.. w., d. 
Rmma Gerdes. 

Hattie Mae. h. 
Chas. A. Wink, 

Arthur J. 
Harvey N. 
Johnnie Clair. 
„ Chas. Ray. d. 

J Belle, 

 Bowie, Texas. 

Rebecca, h. 
Adam Linehaugh.. 
Sterling, Illinois. 

Stanton, w. 
Sarah Bushman.... 
Sterling, Illinois. 





Annie, h. 

Thos. Johnson 

Astoria, Illinois. 

■} No issue. 

No issue. 

j Harvey Daniel. 
1 Percilla Eleanor. 

f E 



Rllery R. 
Arthur R. 


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WILLIAM J. NANCE— Continued. 


{ohn. w. 
,ucv Hamersty, d. 

Edwardsville, Indiana 

2nd w. I«ydia Speaks, d. 
3rd w. Mary Ward. 

William Coleman, w. 

Mary Criswell 

New Albany, Indiana. 


George, w., d. 

Mary Ivowe J 

Sallie, h. 

Phil. Walker 

St. I.ouis, Missouri. 

Emma, h. 

Jack Bryant 

Duncan, Indiana. 

Annie, h. 

Win. Oaks 

Alexandria, Indiana. 


Carrie, d. 






Clyde, d. 

I Robert. 
< Mary. 
/ Edward. 







William C. Jr., w. 

i,izzie Itlunk j Grace. 

New Albany, Indiana, i James Joseph. 

I«ou., h. 

Sherman Baylor J Roscoe. 

l.iltle Kiver, Kansas. i Virgie D. 

McClellen, w. 

Nettie Garvin  

New Albany, Indiana. 


New Albany, Indiana. 

. Julius. 



Harriet, h., d. 
Samuel Walts. 

' Wallace, w. 

Drake i 

Chalmers, Indiana.' " ' \ 3 children. 

Edgar, w. 
New Richmond, Ind. 

Chalmers, Indiana. 

Alonzo Clement, w. 

Jane Ayers 

Edwardsville, Indiana 

Elizabeth, h. 

Jason Smith, d 

I^anesville, Indiana. 


' Jesse, w. 

Annie Kinsley, d j 

Edwardsville, Indiana ( 

James, w. 

Ola Martin 1 Earl. d. 

New Albany, Indiana. } Guy. 

Clarence, w. 
Mary Sillings. . . 

2nd h. Wm. Brock. 

J A 
1 C 


Indiana ) Clement, 1908. 

Edgar, w. 
Minnie O. Richert, 
I'tau, Indiana. 

Noah F. At home. 

Pearl, h. 
Will Ford. 
I^anesville, Indiana. 

Herbert, w. 
Stella Knittle. 


Oath Alonzo. 

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WILLIAM J. NANCE— Continued. 


' Cora, h. ( Alberta. 

Grant Bowman •< Charles. 

( Curtis. 
I^aura Belle. 

Rrama, h. 

Mack. Gunn - 

I^anesville, Indiana. 

Prank, w. 

Sallie Kepley, d 

Chalmers, Indiana. 

I«a Fayette, w., d 

Phoebe, h. 

C Charles. 

Jas. Dallas, w. 

Addie Kiley, d < Catharine Yost i xt mmm .tt r* mmtmm 

y New Albany, Indiana. \ Emmett Chester. 

k Harry. 
Annie, h., d. 
John W. Fowler, d J No issue. 

Charles, w. 

LinnieSmith < 

Kdwardsville, Indiana 

f Hattie, h.,d. 
Roscoe Keith ) Qatar. 


James Harvey Nance, twig above, was born in Floyd count' , 
about 1827. When a young man he came to Illinois, Whiteside 
county, and purchased a farm. Next year, he married in his native 
county, and came at once to the farm. Here he resided through 
life, himself and wife dying a few years since, loved and respected 
by all who knew them. They were ever faithful, earnest Christ- 
ians, members of the Christian church, as also are their children. 

John Nance, twig above, is a farmer and fruit grower, adjoin- 
ing the old homestead. He is one of the most intelligent fruit 
growers with whom I have conversed. He and family are also 
members of the Christian church. 

Alonzo Clement Nance, twig above, is also a farmer and fruit 
. grower, on the old homestead. He and family are members of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. 

Charles Nance, twig above, is a farmer, residing on and own- 
ing the homestead of our grandfather, and also owner of most of 
the farm of his father. This family are also Methodists. 

Mosias Nance — Branch Three. 

Mosias Nance, junior, was born April 3, 1807. He married 

Catharine Chamberlain, January 10, 1828, in Floyd county, 

Clement Nance performing the ceremony. They moved to 

Whiteside county, Illinois, in the early 3o's, where he died before 

# many years. Two children were born to this union, one dying in 


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infancy. The mother returned with her son to Floyd county, 

Indiana. The son is named below as twig. 

In 1853, Elder John Yager, a prominent preacher and elder in 
the Christian church in Northern Illinois for over a half century, 
went to Indiana, married the widow, and brought her back to 
Whiteside county, Illinois, where she lived happily until 1863, 
when she passed away, mourned by all who knew her. "Aunt 
Kate " was one of the brightest conversationalists the author has 
ever known. Whether defending the faith of the Christian 
church or the democratic party, she was more than a match for 
anyone she ever met. 


Francis Marion, w., 1820- 

Isahinda Stanley 

Harlan. Iowa. 

. BUDS. 

Kmmn D.. h.. 18GMR83 
J. V. Krazie 


Raymond Ward, d. 

at 16. 
Adda. d. 
( Fred K. 



I.ucy. h. 

Edgar Bagley J L,ynden Harold. 

I Russell man. 
Katharine, h. 
Rev. W. A. Moore. 

Sarah, h. 

Clifton G. Warren. 

Franc ill Marion 
Nance was born in 
New Albany, Indiana, 
June 21, 1829. In his 
young manhood he 
was engaged in the 
river trade, being en- 
gineer on various 
boats plying between 
New Orleans and St. 
Louis, and up the 
Ohio to Louisville. 
These were years 
when steamboating 
was in its palmiest 
days. During "low 
water," in summer, he 
would come to Illinois, 
Whiteside county, Genesee Grove township, now Coleta, to see 
his mother. These visits were seasons of pleasure to the younger 
of the kin who loved Cousin Frank and his river stories. It was 
during these visits that he met Miss Isabinda Stanley, the recog- 
nized belle of the township, whom he married, September 29, 



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1857. He left the river at once, and settled on a farm he had 
purchased in the vicinity. Here they lived until 1864, when they 
moved to Washington county, Iowa. In 1872 they settled at 
Harlan, Iowa, where he became a large land owner. 

He died at home, September 1, 1901, of paralysis, aged 
seventy-two years. Seven daughters were given to this delight- 
ful couple, but three were taken in infancy, and one at the age of 

Wife of I*. M. Nance. 

twenty-two. Those growing to maturity are named above as buds. 

Mrs. Isabinda Nance has always been a great worker in church 
and Sunday school. She was Sunday school superintendent for 
many years. She continues to reside at Harlan, where they 
spent the last thirty years of their married life. Her life is a 
benediction to any church or community in which she lives. 

One daughter, "Kittie," has done considerable work as sing- 
ing evangelist. She is said to be a very fine siuger. She is the 
wife of W. A. Moore, a sketch of whose life, see below. 

6 4 

The Nancr Memorial. 

They are all members of the Christian church, and reside at 
Harlan, Iowa. 

William Atwell Moore, named above, was married to Miss 
Katharine Nance, at Harlan, Iowa, April 23, 1895. Not having 
a personal acquaintance with Mr. Moore, I will allow Our Young 
Folks, of St. I^ouis, in its issue of June 6, 1900, to speak of him : 


William A. Moore is the popular pastor of Hammett Place, which is one 
of the most promising Christian churches in St. Louis. Of course he was 
reared in the country — almost all our best preachers were. He was born 
near Coon Rapids, Guthrie county, Iowa, July 24, 1869. The life of a 
couatry lad, with its close contact with health giving, invigorating nature, 
built for him a splendid robust frame, which entitles him to be called a 
large, strong, and well proportioned man. He graduated at the Guthrie 
County High School. He then entered Drake University. After graduation 

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he taught school at his ol<l home for one year, preaching on Lord's <Iays in 
the same school house. 

In 1893, he began pioneer work for our cause, at Lewis, Cass county, 
Iowa. Here he labored for four years. When he began, we hail neither 
congregation nor building ; when he finished his work we had a first-class 
article of each. 

In 1897, he received an urgent call to the large and active church at 
Webster City, Iowa. This he accepted, very much against the wishes of the 
church of his planting at Lewis. * * * Under his direction the 
work at Webster City 
grew rapidly in all the 
essentials of a really spirit- 
ual organization, the 
church and Bible school 
becoming the leading ones 
of the city, and second to 
but few in the state of 
Iowa, outside of l)es 
Moines. Brother Moore 
has never forgotten that 
he was a l>oy (perhaps it 
would be more correct to 
say is a l>oy), and his 
sympathy with, as well as 
his lal>ors for, the boys, 
have made him well 
known in his native state. 
In June, 1898, he was 
elected brigadier-general 
of the Boys' Brigade in 
Iowa. His earnest work 
and intelligent methods 
in the Bible school, won 
for him the distinction of 
State Sui>eriutendent of 
Bible School Work in 
1899. Both of these posi- 
tions, as well as that of 

the l>eloved pastor of the splendid church at Webster City, he surrendered 
to take up the work at Hammett Place Church, St. Louis, Missouri, January 
1, 1900. The inducements held out to him to make this change, were not a 
finer church building, a larger congregation, a better salary, or greater honors, 
but simply a more needy field. It took the congregation at Webster City six 
months to " let go" of him. 

The same paper of March 25, 1903, has this additional to say: 

(A small portion of the article is all I have room for.) 

On the first pagv* of this issue we reproduce a picture of W. A. Moore, 
of St, Louis, who ha3 just resigned the pastorate of the Hammett Place 




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Church, after an incumbancy of over three years. He leaves to accept the 
position of General Evangelist, or Associate Corresponding Secretary of the 
Missouri Christian Sunday School Association, a position for which he is 
admirably fitted. His ministry at Hammett Place has l)een eminently suc- 
cessful, and his departure is lamented by every man, woman and child in 
the church and Sunday school, but he conscientiously felt that it was a 
Divine call to what may prove to be a larger and more fruitful field. 


On Monday evening, March 2, an audience that taxed the church build- 
ing to its utmost capacity, gathered for a parting meeting. In addition to 
the members of the church, school, and society, representatives were present 
from several other churches of the city. There was a brief program of 
prayers, songs, and testimonials. The chairman spoke in behalf of the 
official board of the church ; the superintendents of the two Sunday schools 
5or their constituancies ; their president for the Endeavor societ , and the 
president of the Christian Woman's Board of Missions for that organization, 

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all testifying of the great service the pastor had rendered in their respective 
fields of labor, and expressing the regret of all at his departure. The chair- 
man of the Christian Ministerial Association, of the city, was present, and 
testified of the high esteem in which he is held among his ministerial 

We have sel- 
dom, if ever, 
known a case in 
which the rela- 
between a pastor 
and his people 
was so cordial. 
It will require a 
large man in 
more senses than 
one, to fill the 
place which his 
departure leaves 

The author 
wishes to call 
special atten- 
tion to this 
family, notiug 
that not only 
is every de- 
scendant o f 
Uncle Mosias 
named, but 
also the like- 
ness of every 
one living is 
given. "Aunt 
Kate" was 
h i s dearest 
aunt , and 

Frank a little the nearest cousin in affection. Besides, his wife 
was a member of the leading family in the church and community, 
and her brother, Ellis, now Elder E. J. Stanley, of Champaign, 
Illinois, has, from childhood, been the best life-long bosom com- 
panion and chum he has ever had. 




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/ Blossoms. 


Nancy May Nance — Branch Four. 

Nancy May Nance was born November i6, 1809. Married 
James Hancock, September 17, 1826, by Clement Nance. Died 
February 2, 1832. She lived all her life in Floyd county, Indiana. 
One child was born to this union, named below as twig: 


Isabelle. h., 1830-1871 
Charles W. Russell, d. . 
She was born November 
14, 1830. Married May 
30. 1S49. Moved to 
Woodford county, Illi- 
nois, near Secor, in 
18.W, and lived near 
there until she died, 
December 15, 1891. 
Was a member of the 
Christian church, and 
died in the faith. She 
was the mother of ten 
children, eight of 
whom survive her. 


Lafayette, single. 
Normal, Illinois. 

Harvey; w., 18. r >11904 

Bettie McCone 

Bristol, Illinois. 

William, w. 
Margaret Gasney . 
Butler, Missouri. 

Maria Abigail, h. 


Alberta May. 
Roy. " 


Clarence R. 






Nancy May, h. 

Al. Bolin 

Normal, Illinois. 

Hawlev, w. 

Belle Eads 

Hanna City, Illinois. 

Charles I,ee, single. 

Isal>elle, h., 1865 

Chas. Stevens 

Secor, Illinois. 

J No issue 

j Bertha, 
f I.eota. 


No issue. 

Charles Jessie. 
I«estcr l,ee. 
Anna Iytah. 

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Mary (Poixy) [ j^^St* } Branch Five. • 

Mary (Polly) Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, August 
I, 1812. She was married to Anthony Russell, June 3, 1830. 
By him she had three children, when she was left a widow. On 
June 16, 1836, she married Joseph Routh, by whom she had five 
children. These eight children are named below as twigs. Aunt 
44 Pop" passed away December 30, 1876, in the township where 
she was born, and in which she had lived nearly all her life. 


William N.. w. 

Martha A. Sine x 

New Albany, Indiana. 

Charles, h. 

Eliza Mann 

West Baden, Indiana. 

Nancy May, h. 

John Harbison 

New Albany, Indiana. 

Mosias N. Routh. w., d. 
Nancy A. Kirk, d 

Margaret, h., d. 
Jas. W. Twomey, d. 

Jndw. Phil. R Smith, d. 

Henry H., w. 

Amanda Pitch. . . . 
Salem, Indiana. 

Theodore P., w. 
Amanda Reunbley... 
I^anesville, Indiana. 


Mary P.. h. ( 

C.J.Frederick. - Randall J. 

New Albany, Indiana. ( 

William A., w. f 1. • 

F.ffie Armstrong -j 2. 

New Albany, Indiana. ( 3. 

Martha May, h. I Horace. 

Jno. B. Sweeney - William C. 

Denver, Colorado. / Sarah Fern. 

John I„. Single, at home 


Belle, h. 

Harmon ( , _.-, ._.„ 

2nd h. Jack^u. { 4 chl,dr « 

No issue. 

Mary H., h. ( C.corgie. 

C. Trotter -J Flora. 

Titus, Indiana. (. Jessie. 

William J., w. 

Anna Easley J . 

St. I,ouis, Missouri. \ 1 * ona - 

Joseph H., w. f Walter. 

Mattie Duncan I Mary G. 

Iyouisville, Kentucky, j Fvan. 

[ James. 
Edward T.. 

Cloverdale, Indiana. 

Cloverdale, Indiana. 

Fffie P.. h. 

Geo. McCarty J Rtrfi. A1W 

JefTersonville, Indiana < ** leIia A,lce * 

Bertha May, h. 

Win. Ellison j Chas. Homer. 

JcfTersonville, Indiana '( Ethel. 

Virgie C, h. 
Geo. Murphy, 
JcfTersonville, Indiana 

William H.. w., 1864-1894 
Nellie Bowman. 

F^ugene S. 

Mary A..h. f Herbert. 

Geo. M. Harritt I Ethel May. 

I^anesville, Indiana. I William. 

I Ruth. 



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MARY (POLLY) f ^Q^^ h } Continued. 


Theodore F.. w. 
Amanda Reunbley ..., 
I«anesville, Indiana. 

Eperva, h.. d. 
Thos. F. Bushy, d. 

2nd h. Chas. T. Stock- 


John H., w. 

Rella Btrard J Edna Minnie. 

Lanesville, Indiana. ( Newman L,., d. 

Minnie May, h. 
John Budd, 

New All»any, Indiana. 

Mary C, h. 

Harry Hindmarch j ~. . 

New Albany. Indiana, f ""V J une - 


Charles T.. w., d. 

Mary Grainger j 

John B., w. 

k l.ena Uurgh. 

j Harry H. 

William Harry Routh, bud above, was born in New Albany, 
Indiana, January 8, 1864. When eleven years of age, his parents 
moved to Salem, Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his 

years. He was married in 
1886. The following is 
taken from a local paper, 
concerning his sickness and 
death. He died October 17, 

He and his wife were on a 
short visit to East St. Louis, 
when stricken with peritonitis, 
which took hirn away in less 
than three weeks. 

If death can be robbed of his 
sting ; if the pathway to the 
tomb can l>e smoothed, surely 
Harry Routh goes to his grave 
in " ways of peace and paths of 
pleasantness." He did not fear 
death, but met it like a brave 
soldier. Often he told his lov- 
ing friends he was ready to die ; 
that he was leaning on the arms 
of Jesus, who would safely con- 
duct him across the dark sea. 
Pure in life, prepared ior death, 
the name of Jesus was on his 
lips to the last. He had been a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church for eight years. No one could 
view the concourse who met at the depot, without being deeply impressed 
with the fact that Harry Routh was beloved by everybody. The grief of all 
classes was universal, because a friend of his race was being borne away to 
the dark shadows of the grave. 


Twig ahove. 

Furniture, Carpets, Musical Instruments, 

Salem, Indiana. 

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Elizabeth Jane Russell — Branch Six. 

Elizabeth Jane Nance was born June 30, 18 15. Hawley Rus- 
sell was born February 16, 1808. They were married February 
22, 1832. They lived all their lives in Southern Indiana. They 
died in Floyd county, Aunt 4< Bet" in October, 1881, and Uncle 
Hawley, April, 1882. The author never saw this couple after he 
grew up, but has always heard so much about them that they 
seem like old friends. 

Three children were born to this union, named below as twigs. 
This family were members of the United Brethren church. 


' Ulysses G., w. 
Annie I.. James . 
Margaret, h., d. Pekin, liuliatia 

John W. Speake 

I Jessie. 

■{ Allie May. 

I Arthur G., Jr. 

Arthur, w. , 

Seppie Wells I Ferrell. 

Pekin, Indiana. 

Violet May. 
Ira A. 
Mar)- A. 


Nancy May, h / Jos A i onz0i w . 

Phillip Pectol, d J uattie J. Dou^hten 

I Galena, Indiana. 

( Jennie T\., h. 

2nd h. John S. Norman.. < Jesse I„. Schwartz I 

Galeua, Indiana. ( Galena, Indiana. < 

f Ully. h. 

Francis M., w. Albert Deich f r , , -^ 

CallyCrotts J ( U>de Dale. 

Bedford, Indiana. } William. 

. Jessie. 

David Nance — Branch Seven. 

David Nance was born in Franklin township, Floyd county, 
Indiana, January 1, 18 18. He died at Harvey, Illinois, Novem- 
ber 30, i'>94. Julia Ann Chamberlain was born in the same town- 
ship, April 22, 18 1 6. She died at Harvey, Illinois, July 8, 1894. 
They were married September 3, 1840, in the township in which 
they were born. 

In 1847, they moved, with their three children, to Whiteside 
county, Illinois, which county continued to be their home most 
of the time, until 1882, when they moved to Beadle county, South 
Dakota. In 1891, they moved to Harvey, Illinois, where they 
remained during life, surrounded by all their family. During 
mother's long decline, lasting nearly two years, father was con- 
stantly at her side. He could not be persuaded to leave her but a 
few minutes at a time. After six months persuasion, it was only 
the last day of the great World's Fair, October 31, 1893, that he 
would leave her to visit the fair. After listeniug daily for six 
months to the tales of wonderful sights to be seen but twelve 

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miles away, when he did go, he was amazed at the show, saying 
the half had never been told. It has ever been a happy thought 
of my life that I spent that whole day showing father the sights 
that I thought he would most enjoy. I f is safe to say that father 
saw more of the real world of progress that day than all his life 

After mother had passed to the beyond, father had no desire 
to live any longer. He prayed earnestly to be released from 
mortal clay, that he might be with the loved ones gone before. 
When the summons came, he passed away without an ache or 

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pain, or a moment's sickness, in full possession of all his powers 
to the very last breath. 

Father was the noblest man I ever knew. I never heard a 
vulgar, obscene, or profane word pass his lips. I do not believe 
the person lived who ever spoke a word derogatory to the life or 
character of David Nance. O, that the world had more such. 

Mother was a member of the Christian church from girlhood, 
joining Park church, lower Third and Market streets, New 
Albany, Indiana. Father was a member from about 1848, and 
was made deacon almost from the first. 

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Of my earliest recollections, the sight of fatlier starting off 
Sunday mornings with a little basket containing the loaf and cup, 
for the weekly communion, for a four miles' trip, often on foot, 
fair or foul, is among the most vivid. As a deicon, it was 
father's duty to look after the needy. Often kcve I seen him 
hitch up his ox team, place in the wagon a ham of meat, a meas- 
ure of meal or flour, a bushel of potatoes, or whatever he could 
best spare, and start the rounds of the farmers, picking up what 
each could spare ; spending the day thus, at night arriving at the 
home of the needy with supplies for a month or more. 

Eleven children came to bless the home of this worthy couple, 
three dying in infancy. Those growing up are named below as 
twigs : 


George W., w. 
Cora 11. Dcmorest 

Janus Dallas, w. 
llattic WiUlcH.... 

Minerva Jnne, h. 
Martin O. Hurlras 

Chicago, Illinois, 1193 

Tripp avenue. 


Olive I, inula. 
David Dcmorest, d. 

Add ie Bell. 
New Albany, Indiana. 

Elmer C. 
Nettle May. 
Doiu Myrtle. 

Frank It., w. 

MaU-1 May William*.... 

Howard I.., w. 
l.oretla M. Uremia n. 

Lester C. 
Ralph Jay. 
Guy C. 

Cora, h. 

Eugene Noyes 

Green, Kansas. 



■! Hazel Mae. 


Sarah Catharine, h., d. 

Wm. Wallace • 

Kingfisher, Oklahoma 

Margaret Priscilla, h. 
Wm. II. Nichols, d... 

Oscar, w. { Maud. 

Mvrtle lames s Ralph. 

Kingfisher, Oklahoma I Glen. 


Harry 1... d. 
Kdgar J. 
Charles D. 
Leo A. 
I.ula M.. d. 

Frank Tierce, w. 

Mellic Smith 

Terre Huute, Indiana 


Josiah David, 
Harvey, Illinois. 

Corn 1-aliia. 
Nettie May. 
James. Grant. 

Freman Albert. IH.V> imi J Never married. 

Arthur Allison, w. 
llclle Maker, 
Colorado Springs, Colo 

George Washington Nance, twig above, and author of this 
book, was born in Floyd county, Indiana, September 28, 1842. 

74 The Nance Memorial. 

At the age of four, his parents moved to Illinois, settling in Gene- 
see Grove township, Whiteside county, where he grew to man's 
estate, attending country school in winter, and working on farm 
in summer. In 1864, he enlisted in the 140th regiment Illinois 
Infantry, serving six months. He afterwards taught several 
terms of school. In 1866, he entered Eureka college, with the 
ministry in view. Owing to eye troubles, he left college in 1871, 
before graduating. He at once began a business career, entering 
the mercantile house of K. Brookfield, at Coleta, in the township 
in which he was brought up. lie remained several years, until 
Mr. Brookfield sold out and removed to Rock Falls, same county, 
and went into the banking business, George going with him. At 
the death of Mr. Brookfield, the business men of Rock Falls, 
asked George to continue the banking business in his own name, 
but he said, " I have little capital." They had such trust in his 
honor and integrity, they told him to open his bank and commence 
business on their deposits, which offer he accepted, and the 
Exchange Bank, of Rock Falls, was the result. 

In connection with the banking business, he added that of 
fire insurance and real estate. He soon called his brother, Jas. 
Dallas, to his assistance. He prospered in business, and wealth 
was in sight. In 18S2, (not knowing when he had a good thing 
— Author), he sold his banking interest, and with a friend, opened 
the Bank of Huron, Huron, South Dakota. This prospered for 
a time, but reverses came, and he was financially ruined. Four 
years of fanning on the Dakota plains, followed, with little results. 
In 1888, he returned to Illinois, settling his family in Elgin. 
After a year he opened a business in the new town of Harvey, a 
suburb of Chicago. Here he dealt in real estate, lumber, coal, and 
building material, until September, 1899, when he settled in 
Bloomington, and began the practice of optics, having previously 
graduated from the Chicago Opthalmic College. He subse- 
quently took a course in the National College of Optics, receiving 
the degree of Doctor of Optics. 

George became a Christian in 1861, at the age of eighteen, 
uniting with the Christian church, Lexington, Illinois. In his 
Christian life he has ever been faithful and consistent. In the 
organization of the church at Sterling, Illinois, he took a leading 
part, and became a member of the first Board of Elders. In 
settling at Elgin, he was instrumental, with his wife, in organiz- 
ing the church, the first meetings being held in their parlors. He 

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was their elder from the first. He also assisted in the organiza- 
tion of the church at Harvey, although at the time holding mem- 
bership at Elgin. He subsequently became elder at Harvey. 

He and family are now members of the Second church at 
Bloomington, a congregation recently established, but one with 
an envyable 
reputation al- 
ready, for ag- 
gressive work 
and accom- 

George was 
married to Miss 
Cora B. Demor- 
est, at Aurora, 
Illinois, Octo- 
ber 22, 1879, 
President H. 
W. Everest, of 
Eureka college, 
performing the 

While a res- 
ident of Har- 
vey, Brother 
George served 
two terms as 
member of the 
city council, 
elected on the 

The forego- 
ing tribute was 

written by Brother James Dallas, the author using his prerogative, 
in cutting out some too eulogistic matter. 

He wishes to mention just three things in his life not treated 
elsewhere, that have contributed no little to the happy, and not 
entirely worthless, life he has been permitted to live. 

First. His four years spent in Eureka college. To breathe the 
atmosphere, spiritual atmosphere, of Eureka is, to a soul longing 



Student in the Wesleyan College of Music, 

Bloomington, Illinois. 

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for a higher and holier life, what the salt laden sea breeze is to 
the physical man — invigorating, life preserving. Besides the 
associations formed in those years, and in the many, many returns 
to Alma Mater, have made him intimate with many of the most 
prominent ministers, writers, and workers iu the church through- 


out the English speaking world, to say nothing of the mission- 
aries throughout heathendom. These associations have made the 
literature of the church doubly interesting and helpful. 

Second. From the fact that he has spent nearly all of his life in 
new, weak, and small churches, he has been thrown almost con- 

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stantly with young people, as they always predominate in snch 
churches. He has never been in a church where the young 
people have not counted him as one of their number. Even since 
coming to Bloomington, four years ago, he has served two years 
as president of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, 
composed almost entirely of the young people of the church. 
This is a favor that any person with the frost of sixty winters on 
his locks should appreciate. 

Third. The greatest event that has ever happened to the 
author, was the leading to the hymeneal altar the lady who there 
became his bride. She was born and reared in Canada, but edu- 
cated in Aurora, Illinois. She is a member of an old and promi- 
nent Huguenot family. Her father, David L. Demorest, spent 
fifty-five years tracing the genealogy of his family and that of his 
wife. His tree, in real tree form, contains twenty thousand 
names, and covers eleven generations. But for his persistence, 
the author should never have known or cared much for his family 

The family were, and are, prominent in Methodism. Her 
twin sister, Mrs. L. C. Burling, with her husband and two sons, 
served time in Africa on the Congo, in a self supporting mission 
under Bishop Taylor. They returned in time to save their lives. 
He is now Presiding Elder over the Freeport District of the Rock 
River Conference. It might be considered presumption for the 
author to say that he taught Mrs. Nance "the way of the more 
perfectly." Be that as it may, she was the first to "stir the 
waters of baptism" in the new church at Sterling, a few months 
after the nuptials. 

James Dallas Nance, twig above, was born in the same town- 
ship as his father and mother, October 18, 1844. Father being a 
democrat, named his new arrival for President and Vice-President 
Polk and Dallas, who were elected two weeks after his birth. 
Dallas received a good country school education, chiefly in Gene- 
see township, Whiteside county, Illinois. About the time he was 
growu, he went to Sterling, same county, to begin a business 
career. He spent some time in a hotel office. Afterwards he 
became a Singer sewing machine agent, which position he held a 
number of years. He quit this to accept a position in the bank 
of the author, as bookkeeper and assistant cashier, in Rock Falls, 
Illinois. In 1883, he moved to Huron. South Dakota, and took 
the same position in the Bank of Huron. From this he farmed a 


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few years in South Dakota until starved out by the drought. He 
then, in 18S8, moved to New Albany, Indiana. Most of the time 
since then he has been in the employ of A. J. Ross & Son, gro- 
cers, Louisville, Kentucky, as bookkeeper. He has ever been a 

faithful employe, and 
always deserved a 
better salary than 
he has received. 
Brother Dallas, or 
4 ' Dal , ' ' as he is nearly 
always called in the 
family, became a 
Christian at the age 
of sixteen, uniting 
with the Christian 
church at Lexington, 
Illinois. It is not 
too much to say he 
has been a faithful 
Christian ever since 
making confession of 
his faith. The first 
meetings looking to 
the establishing of a 
Christian church in 
Sterling, were held 
in his home, himself 
and wife and the 
author being three of the seven taking part. To us was left the 
selection of an evangelist to hold the meeting. We made selec- 
tion of Knowles Shaw, the "singing evangelist." The strong 
Sterling church is the result. In 1870, Brother Dallas visited the 
place of his birth, and while there, met, and was captured, by 
Miss Hattie Wildes, of Louisville, Kentucky. He returned in 

1874, and they were married by the celebrated Dr. Hopson. 

Two girls were born to this union. Their mother has been an 
invalid for some years, the girls remaining at home to care for 
her. Dallas and family are members of the Park Christian 
church, New Albany, where our mother was a member more than 
sixty-five years ago. Dallas is one of the deacons of Park church. 
He held the same office iu the church at Sterling. 



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Margaret P. Wolf— Branch Eight. 

Margaret Perkins Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
June 26, 1 82 1. Hamilton Wolf, M. D., was born March 30, 18 19. 
They were married September 19, 1839. The doctor was surgeon 
in the Union army in the war of the rebellion. They lived many 
years at Washington, Indiana, where the doctor had a large and 
lucrative practice. The last few years they have been making 
their home in New Albany, with their daughter, Versalia Palmer. 
•'Uncle Ham " is as jovial an old gentleman as one will often see. 
He is as full of pranks as a young kitten. "Aunt Ped " is one of 
the happiest old ladies I have ever met. She is just like my 
father, and they say, like their father. 

They were the parents of nine children, those growing to 
maturity being named below as twigs. 

Aunt has been a Christian most of her life, a member of the 
United Brethren church. I will close this sketch with the recital 
of a very rare event as related in the Louisville Herald, Saturday, 
September 19, 1903. The article was accompanied by very fair 
likenesses of the dear old couple : 

An event seldom ever witnessed in any community, a sixty-fourth we<l- 
ding anniversary, will be celebrated to-day in New Albany by Dr. ami Mrs. 
Hamilton Wolf. Dr. and Mrs. Wolf were married September 19, 1839, at 
the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mosias Nance, near Lanes- 
ville, eight miles west of New Albany. Roth the bride and the groom came 
from sturdy pioneer Floyd county stock, who had come west to make a 
home for themselves and their children. The parents of Mrs. Wolf were 
from Virginia, and the parents of Dr. Wolf were Pennsylvanians. 

A few years after their marriage they moved to Washington, Indiana, 
where, for more than fifty years, Dr. Wolf engaged in the practice of medi- 
cine. Eight years ago they returned to New Albany to make their home 
with their daughter, Mrs. Versalia Palmer, at 523 Vincennes street, where 
the anniversary will be held to-day. It will lx. 1 in the nature of a suqmse to 
the aged couple. Dr. Wolf is eighty-four years of age and his wife is eighty- 

Dr. Wolf is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Medicine, and the 
Medical Department of the University of Kentucky. He obtained diplomas 
from both of these schools sixty years ago. He is by no means a back num- 
ber in the practice of medicine, but keeps abreast of the times, and reads the 
late medical journals with deep interest. Despite the weight of years, he 
walks erect, and his mind is as clear as the average man of sixty. Time has 
also dealt gently with Mrs. Wolf. Her eighty-two years have made few 
wrinkles, ami her hair is not as gray as most women of sixty. She possesses 
an amiable disposition, culture, and refinement. She numbers among her 
friends many young folks. 


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The author and his daughter were in New Albany at the time, 
and of course, were at the anniversary. There were nearly one 
hundred guests, two daughters, "Neva" and"Lora," coming 
from Washington, Indiana, and a granddaughter, Etta Hunter, 
from Houston, Texas. Aside from the venerable couple, but one 
person is believed to be living who was at the wedding, Dr. H. S. 
Wolf, of New Albany, and he was present at the anniversary. 
He was seven years of age when at the wedding. 



Versalia, h. 

Sard is R. Chase, d. 


Etta B.. h. 
Geo. I). Hunter. 
Houston, Texas. 

2nd h. Jno. J. Palmer, d. ( Jesse H. Palmer, 

New Albany, Indiana. ( New Albany, Indiana. 

William II. 

Alcesta A., h., d. 
Jas. A. Dale 

I.illie. h. 
Thos. I.awson. 

James A. 

Dennie, h. 

E W Steen \ Lotus Mildred. 

Auburn, Illinois.'" (Eunice. 

Veneva E., h. 

Jas. Stevens, d. 

Washington, Indiana. 

Emma J., h. 
Geo. R. Dale, d. 

Dora, h.. d. 
Wilhert Choate. 


Thaddeus, w. 

Alia Hurless 

Washington, D. C. 

, J Jan. Thaddeus. 

Calvin Barnes I Chester. 

Canton, Ohio. ( 

Ida. h. 

' Hamilton, w. 
Hartford City, Indiana 


Treat, d. 

3rd h. Goodwine. 
Wellington, Illinois. 

Marv EHa. h. 

Win! G. Allen, d 


Rol>ert, d. 
Claude, d. 

2nd h. E. S. Kugit, d. 
New Albany, Indiana, 

Abalora D., h. 
Benj. E. Franklin, d. 

( Enola. 
( Rol>ert F. 

2nd h. Sam'l I«. Hopkins 
Washington, Indiana. 

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Susan Nance Shaw — Limb Three. 

Susan Nance was born in Virginia, about 1783. She died in 
Floyd county, Indiana, between November, 181 1, and July, 1821. 
She was united in marriage with William Shaw, in Virginia. 
They removed to Mercer county, Kentucky, on the Kentucky 
river, before the Nances left Virginia, as is shown by a deed 
dated June 22, 1803, to Clement Nance, of Pittsylvania county, 
Virginia. On this date the Shaws were residents of Mercer 
county, Kentucky. Mr. Shaw is said to have been the first 
settler to die within the present limits of Floyd county. This 
may be true, but it must have been after November 11, 181 1, for 
on that date he aud wife made deed to some property situated in 
Virginia, showing residence in Floyd county. This couple died 
young, and no doubt are buried near the home, but the author 
found no one who could even suggest their resting place. They 
were the parents of three children named below as branches : 

Mary Brenham, Louisa, and James \V. Shaw. 

Mary Shaw — Branch One. 

Mary Shaw was born in Virginia. The date of her birth is 
not known, but it must have been about 1797. She was married 
to Alpheus Branham, January 1, 1815, by Patrick Shields, judge. 
She was named in her grandfather's will, one-third of her mother's 
share of the estate to be paid to her. Nothing further is known 
of her except that she was the mother of three children, the name 
of bat one can be given. They are named below as twigs: 

William S. and two daughters. 

Louisa Shaw — Branch Two. 

Louisa Shaw was born in Virginia about 1799. Little is 
known of her except she is named in her grandfather's will ; that 
she receipted for money from the estate April 27, 1831, and that 


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her funeral bill was paid by her sister, Mary Branham, and repaid 
by the Clement Nance estate to her son, William S. Branham, 
August 7, 1839. 

James W. Shaw — Branch Three. 

James W. Shaw was born in Virginia in 1801. He was mar- 
ried March 11, 1824, to Mary Burton, in Floyd county, Indiana. 
On February 16, 1829, he became the owner of the Clement 
Nance, senior, homestead, the executors of the will, on that date; 
deeding the same to him. The consideration named was $1,200. 
The Shaw family settled at Fort Madison, Iowa, in 1845. This 
has been headquarters for the family to the present. 

Ten children were born to this couple, three dying in infancy. 
The remaining seven are named below as twigs : 


William, w.. 1825, d. 
F.lixal>eth Boley, d.. 

nuns. blossoms. 

Marv. h., 1851 ( Charles, 1880. 

A. Wilcox 1 Clnrc. 

2nd h. KUis Reed, ( Clyde. 

Frankfort, Kentucky. 

Kdward. w ., 18M 

Carrie Frye ( I,atta. 

\ Koy. 


Cora J., h., 1865 
Robt. B. Muir . . 

Thomas, w.. 1827 
Jennie Holclan, d 

Nancy, h., 1829 
Henry Jones, d,.. 

F.lizabeth h.. 1832 
tiros-s Kdson. 

Tleasant. w., 1833 
Mattie Steward. 

Alzina. h.. 183fi, d. 

C Belle, h.. 18.*>9 
John Shorly, 
\ Denver, Colorado. 

(, Nevada. 

( James F. 18T>5. 
< F.dward. 
( Albert. 

f R 


Robert B. 


William Jones I Mary K., d. 

lsam Burton, w., 1847 

Mary J. Wilson 

Winslow, Washington 


Pearl, h., 1878 
John R. Lytic 
Winslow, Washington 

{ Verl, 1889. 

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Mary Nance-Shields— Limb Four. 

Mary Nance was born in Virginia, near the Natural Bridge, 
January 6, 1781. Patrick Henry Shields was born in York 
county, Virginia, May 16, 1773. They were married December 
6, 1798, by James Reed, 
minister of the gospel. In 
accordance with his father's 
will, Mr. Shields was edu- 
cated for the legal profes- 
sion, at Hampden, Sidney, 
and William and Mary col- 
leges. Inheriting a large 
tract of land near Lexing- 
ton, Kentucky, he removed 
to that state, in 1801, but 
found the title to the estate 
defective. In 1805, they 
removed to Indiana terri- 
tory. They settled over 
the beautiful 1 * Silver Hills*' 
or "Knobs," near where 
Georgetown now stands. 
The mother was riding 
horse-back with one child 
behind and one before, said : 
" Patrick, where are you 
going ? This looks like the 
jumping off place." She 
is said, in history, to have 

been the first white woman to cross the " knobs." In after years, 
the mother, speaking of the emotions she felt in reaching the 
summit of these hills, said : 


8 4 

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I was enraptured with the view. The Ohio river lay beneath ua, and we 
had a view of it up and down stream for many miles, as it glided peacefully 
on its course, looking like a broad riblxm of silver. Off to the southeast* 
ward, five miles, we could see the little town of Louisville, then regarded as 
the most sickly and unpromising of all the Ohio river settlements. It was 
evening, and the roar of the falls flouted to us on the still air with a music 
that filled my young heart with sad but most enjoyable emotions. I looked 
away to the southeast, where the Kentucky hills reared their crowns like 
mountain peaks, and then we bade adieu to the charming landscape, and 

Picture of My Grandfather Patrick Shields. 

fly Joanna D. Shields Warren. 

No camera e'er lined his face, 

His kindly eyes, and tender lips. 

No artist's pencil e'er these outlines traced ; 

Only a childish rememberance pictures him. 

Tall, slender, and with eyes of brown, 

A face on which ne'er rested frown. 

In figure, slightly stooped : He stooped to all 

The little ones, to gather in his anus. 

Loving, beloved — grandfather, dear ; 
With grandma close your heart within, 
The two a unit, lives so blended, 
Sad was the day when yours was ended. 

Together now — no more alone, 
Perhaps you talk of days agone, 
And from your home beyond the sky, 
Your children's children you decry. 

In reverence father's sire we hold, 
Man of t:ue principle, as good as gold, 
Pure, burnished bright, without alloy, 
Kind memories oft our thoughts employ. 

plunged into the forest to seek a new home amid its wilds. I was the first 
white woman to look upon this fair panarama, and as I left its entrancement 
for the wilds yet unexplored, I felt that it was my farewell to civilization, 
and unbidden tears filled my eyes, which, my husband discovering, I tried 
to conceal, and which he gently wiped away and gave reassurance by kissing 
their stains from my cheeks. — From Biographical Souvenir of Indiana, 

Mr. Shields was named for the illustrious Patrick Henry, who 
was a neighbor and friend of the family. 

Arriving in Indiana, Mr. Shields joined his class-mate and life 

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long friend, William Henry Harrison. It is recorded of him that 
he fought gallantly in the battle of Tippecanoe. His hat was 
shot full of holes in this battle, and was an heirloom in the 
family for many years. He was commissioned the first judge of 
Harrison county, in 1808. His house was often the headquarters 
of the territorial authorities. He was a member of the Consti- 
tutional convention at Corydon, in 18 16, and filled judicial offices 
until the time of his death. 

Judge Shields, as one of the founders of the state, took an 
active part in reforming the territorial courts, in organizing the 
school system, and in maintaining the Congressional Ordinance 
of 1787, which prohibited the indefinite continuance of slavery. 
According to family traditions, he was the author of the consti- 
tutional article which confirmed Indiana as a free state. He was 
one of the committee appointed by the governor to welcome 
LaFayette, in behalf of Indiana, April 25, 1825, on his last trip 
to America. 

It is said that no man ever lived who was more universally 
beloved and respected by all who knew him. 

He lived in New Albany, the last few years of his life, a 
gentleman of the old school, reading his New Testament, which 
he always carried with him, telling the good things he found 

Father Shields passed to his reward, June 6, 1848, at the age 
of seventy-five, mourned by the whole community. 

In the absence of the father during the Indian troubles, the 
mother and children were left in the care of Black Sam, who 
had come with the family from Virginia. She used to leave both 
doors of the cabin unfastened so that if the Indians came in at one 
door she could grab her children and skip out to the woods 
through the other. She used to tell that at one time she did not 
know for three months whether she was wife or widow. Mrs. 
Anna Moore, of Spokane, Washington, writes of Mother Shields: 

I well rememl>er my grandmother. It was one of my greatest pleasures 
to sit at her feet on my little stool and listen to the Indian stories and the 
hardships of her early life. She was a very proud little woman, always tell- 
ing me she was an 1\ F. V. I remeinl>er once a peddler came along and she 
wanted to buy a calico dress, and was looking over his stock, trying to find 
a suitable pattern, when he pulled out a piece, saying, " Here Granny, is a 
piece I think will suit you." Without saying a word she walked into the 
house and closed the door. After waiting a few moments, mother sent me 
in to see what was the matter. She was knitting away as though that was 
all she had to think of, and when I asked her if she was going to buy the 

86 The Nance Memorial. 

dress, she said, 4 *No, no indeed, did you hear him call me Granny?'* I 
said, "Yes, but that did not hurt." "Well, I guess I am not everybody's 
granny." And she refused to go out or have any thing more to say to such 
a rude person. She had the broad Virginia dialect, and often amused us by 
her peculiar pronunciation of many words. 

Mrs. Cornelia Kingery, Garden City, Kansas, writes : 

My grandmother, Mary Shields, was a noble woman, a good mother, a 
very dear grandmother, and an earnest, consistent Christian. She was a 
great reader, and when stricken with paralysis, that caused her death, was 
found lying on her l>ed apparently asleep with a good lxx>k beside her. She 
had laid down to rest and to read, as was her custom. 

The mother survived her husband thirteen years, dying at the 
age of eighty. She was active, bright, and cheerful to the last. 
Father and Mother Shields were faithful Christians all their lives, 
being Presbyterians, and I believe all their descendants have 
maintained the faith of their parents. 

Eight children were born to this couple, those growing to 
maturity are named below as limbs : 

James Reed, Henry Burnett, 

Clement Nance, Dr. Pleasant S., 

Greenbury F., died at 20, Elizabeth G. Kintner, 
Mary S. Elliott. 

James R. Shields— Branch One. 

James Reed Shields was born in Virginia, December 24, 1799, 
coming with the family to Indiana in 1805. His father looked 
after his education as best he could, until his nineteenth year, 
when he began life in New Albany as a clerk and merchant. For 
nearly fifty years he was engaged in the banking business. On 
his retiring from business, at the age of seventy-five, the feeling 
of the community was expressed by the Daily Ledger, in an edi- 
torial article concluding as follows : 

Everybody's synonym for integrity, purity in life, unaffected modesty, 
and a pattern of a Christian gentleman, as he is, he has the pre-eminent 
royal right to rest. We trust his present good health may assure many years 
to our good citizen, fellow townsman, and friend. May his declining sun be 
a perpetual blessing, and lighten all tl "* afflictions natural to age ; may he lie 
renewed in body, mind, and spirit ; and may he continue to be honored, 
loved, and respected, as each year shall be added, by a still wider circle of 

Mr. Shields departed this life two years after his retiring from 
business, passing peacefully to his rest, October 28, 1876, being 
almost seventy-seven years of age. At the announcement of his 

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 I., . . 1 

death, the bankers of the city were called together at the Mer- 
chants' National Bank, and passed the following resolutions : 

WHERE AS, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst and 
from the field of earthly labor, our beloved friend, J. R. Shields, we, his 
associates, deem it an act of justice to his memory to spread upon our records 
the expression of our high respect and admiration for his exalted character. 
Mr. Shields was a man honored alike for all the virtues of a Christian char-' 
acter, and remarkable for the courtesy of a Christian gentleman. He lias 
finished his course upon earth and has gone to his reward in heaven. 

Resolved % That this inadequate tribute to his memory be entered upon 
the minutes of the Merchants' National Bank, of which he was a director, 
and a copy be furnished to the bereaved family, with expressions of our sin- 
cere sympathy in their irreparable loss. 

Resolved, That the officers and directors of all the banks of the city 
attend the funeral in a body. 

The New Albany Ledger-Standard had this to say : 

His life's influence will mainly rest upon his inflexible honesty, purity 
of character, and his good deeds of charity, which were many. No one 
but himself will ever know all his charities, but they were large and more 
numerous than the public surmise. He contributed his proportion to every 
public good ; was a kind neighbor; was affectionate and generous to those 
of his immediate household. He was self-sacrificing to the comforts of 
others. He could no more have done a mean act than he could have com- 
mitted a crime. He was the personification of peace. He was without 
enemies. He was tenacious in his faith of that marvelous man of Gallilee. 
He was a genuine Christian. He had fulfilled every duty in life, done his 
work well, and death to him was a sweet and welcome messenger. His 
influence cannot pass away. Let us be thankful that so good a man has 
lived for our admiration and profit. 

Mr. Shields became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He 
became a charter member of the First Presbyterian church in New 
Albany, in 18 18. He was installed as ruling elder of the same 
church November 18, 1832, and held the same position to the end 
of life. He was married to Miss Hannah Woodruff, February 10, 
1824, Clement Nance, performing the ceremony. His only child 
was born to this union, named below as twig. His second wife 
was Miss Lucy Butler. I might quote many more eulogies from 
the Louisville Courier- Journal, Louisville Commercial, Louisville 
Daily Evening News, etc., etc., but the above are sufficient to 
show the worth of the man. 


' Charles, d. 
Albert, d. 
Charlotte, h., d. 

Charles W., 1825 

1st w. Charlotte Bain, d. 


2nd w. Bessie Kane. 

Bessie, h. 

Stockton J James. 

James. t — 

88 The Nance Memorial. 

* 'Charles Woodru ft Shields, educator, was born in New Albany, 
Indiana, April 4, 1825 ; entered Princeton as an advanced student, 
and was graduated with distinction, in 1844. After a course of 
four years' study in Princeton Theological Seminary, he was 
licensed to preach by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, New 
Jersey, in 1848. In 1849, he was ordained pastor of the Presby- 
terian church in Hempstead, Long Island, and in 1850, he was 
installed as pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, of Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. 

"He had been early imbued with a philosophical spirit, and 
published, in 1861, an elaborate treatise entitled, * Philosophia 
Ultima,' in which he expounded an academic scheme of irenical 
studies for the conciliation of religion and science. His friends, 
profoundly impressed by this exposition, created for him, in 
Princeton, a new professorship of the harmony of science and 
revealed religion. This chair was the first of its kind in any 
American college, and at the time of its establishment (1865) was 
so novel in theory' that its utility, and even its orthodoxy, were 
questioned, but its usefulness, as well as its timeliness, was soon 
abundantly vindicated. He was appointed professor of modern 
history, in 1871, but soon resigned this added chair, that he 
might not be diverted from the aim of his life, which he has per- 
sued in college lectures, in papers before the Philosophical society 
of Washington, in contributions to periodicals, and in elaborate 
published works. 

"He received the honorary degree of D. D. from Princeton, in 
1861, and that of LL. D. from Columbia University, Washington, 
in 1877. 

"Dr. Shields has advocated the restoration of theology, as a 
science of religion, to its true philosophical position in a univer- 
sity system of culture, as distinguished from the clerical or sec- 
tarian systems of education, and the placing of philosophy as an 
umpire between science and religion, as embracing without invad- 
ing their distinct provinces. This view he has maintained at 
Princeton in systematic lectures and in his 'Religion and Science 
in their Relation to Philosophy.' (N. Y. 1875.) 

"He looks forward to the formation of an ultimate philosophy, 
or science of sciences, which is to be reached inductively from the 
collective intelligence of men working through successive gener- 
ations. This forms the argument of his great work, 'The 
Philosophia Ultima, now (1888) passing through a revised edition, 

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and of which Volume I. is an historical and critical introduction, 
while Volume II. is to treat of the history and logic of the 

"Dr. Shields has been an earnest advocate of the restoration of 
the Presbyterian prayer-book of 1661, for optional use by minis- 
ters and congregations that desire a liturgy. To this end he 
published 'The Book of Common Prayer,' as amended by the 
Presbyterian Divines (1864), with an appendix entitled, ' Liturgia 
Expurgata' (1864). 

"He looks forward to the organic union of the Congregational, 
Presbyterial, and Episcopal principles of the New Testament 
church in an 'American Catholic Church ' of the future. His 
irenical writings under this head embrace a series of essays 
entitled, 'The United Churches of the United States,' 'The 
Organic Affinity of Presbytery and Episcopacy,' and 'The 
Christian Denominations and the Historic Episcopate.' 

"No essays have excited wider remark in the theological world. 

"The style of Dr. Shields is remarkable for lucidity of state- 
ment and graceful rhetoric. 

' ' He divides his time equally between Princeton and his villa at 

The above from Appleton's Cyclo-American Biography, is so 
much fuller and better than I could otherwise furnish, that I have 
copied the article in full. 

Henry B. Shields— Branch Two. 

Henry B. Shields was born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, 
August 28, 1801. He died in New Albany, Indiana, July 17, 1872. 

A man of striking personality, fully six feet, two inches in 
height, of genial manners, and kindly bearing and kindly courtesy, 
one of Nature's noblemen ; his name should be handed down to 
posterity as one ever to be remembered and prized. 

He entered into business life at the age of nineteen, in 1820, 
as clerk in the store of Mr. George Paxson, in New Albany, 
Indiana. Two years later, through the assistance of their father 
in purchasing stock, he and his brother, James, opened a small 
store of their own, which was continued for several years with a 
good degree of prosperity. Then, assuming the work alone, his 
brother having found a field of usefulness in a banking career, he 
is said to have become noted as one among many, enterprising, 
industrious, and successful in the wholesale hardware trade in 


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the state of Indiana. In 1 849, 
he removed his affairs to the 
city of Louisville, Kentucky, 
doing a large business for 
fully five years, when, because 
of financial revolutions that 
swept over the country, he 
experienced many and severe 
losses. This constrained him 
to return to his former field 
of operations, and at New 
Albany, Cory don, and Wa- 
bash, he successfully carried 
on his efforts to serve his gen- 
eration in thorough and mas- 
terful ways, as a man of 
energy, earnestness, and dil- 

He was recognized and 
esteemed all the days of his 
life for his generous courtesy towards all, whether in large or 
small transactions. As with others who stood for enterprise and 
progress in the growth of the 
city, in the affairs of educa- 
tion, business and religion, for 
virtue, mSnliness and good 
citizenship, his name was a 
synonym — an emblem of the 
character of the place and the 

He entered the marriage 
state as early in life as 1825, 
when, June 2, the Rev. John 
Hamilton, D. D., of Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, performed 
the wedding rite which gave 
him for his life companion- 
ship, Miss Joanna K. Day, 
formerly from Morristown, 
New Jersey, her birthplace. 
This step was succeeded by 
another, most essential to mrs. h. b. shields. 

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peace of mind and conducive to blessed hope for the life to come. 
He was received into membership in the First Presbyterian church, ' 
at New Albany, on profession (publicly) of his faith in the I*ord 
Jesus Christ, December 21, 1828. Mrs. Shields, in the same way, 
united with the same organization, July 18, 1830, and we can say 
decidedly that it was for them an event of great significance, pre- 
paratory to the religious training of the children given them of 
God as His trust. Presbyterians by conviction,, as they were 
Christians by faith in their risen L,ord, they tried with all in glad 
eagerness to glorify their gracious Master with steadfast service. 
He was ever faithful as a member, usually found in his seat in 
the sauctuary on the Sabbath, and at his post in the prayer meet- 
ing ; he was also liberal in the support of the Gospel up to the 
full measure of his ability. 

To his children, no less than to his precious mother and 
theirs, he was untiringly devoted. With much prayer and con- 
stant effort, he endeavored to imbue them with high moral prin- 
ciples, and to prepare them for the many and varied duties of life. 
He sought their enlightenment by the Holy Ghost, so that they 
should ultimately stand amid heaven's everlasting glories. 

His example, his counsels, his prayers, his repeated efforts to 
secure their full equipment for both worlds ; all are testimonials 
to his consistency, his diligence and zeal in living for God and in 
doing His will. 

Music was an especial delight to the parents, wh^ch (while 
they were not skilled in the art), was valued by them as a means 
to the end of family harmony and love, and beyond that to the 
guidance of the children into the narrow way that leadeth unto 
life everlasting. The memorizing of churchly hymns was not 
neglected, as next in significance to the memorizing of the text of 
Holy Scripture itself. 

"The heart has many passages 

Through which the feelings roam, 
But its middle aisle is sacred 
To the old, old home." 

In 1859, he received appointment from the Presbyterian Board 
of Publication, as superintendent of Colportage, in the states of 
Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, a work that carried him to many 
of the meetings of Presbytery, Synod, and churches, to appeal 
for aid in distributing religious literature among the needy com- 
munities throughout the territory covered by their bounds, and 

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also iiito the military camps and places for the detention of prison- 
ers of war, assisting in the work of religious counsel to the sick 
and dying, or to the well and strong expecting to go forth to the 
country's defence. He offered his service willingly, in all means 
employed to the great end of comforting the sorrowing and suffer- 
ing, and of wooing the redeemed spirit to the abode of everlast- 
ing life beyond the grave. 

"Short death and darkness ! endless life and light! 
Short dimming — endless shining in yon sphere, 
Where all is incorruptible and pure — 
The joy without the pain, the smile without the tear." 

Patriotism and piety, the love of country, the love of 
home, and the love of God ; how they go baud in hand. How 
precious the privilege to serve one's country, and at the same 
time to win souls to Christ ! How welcome the call to lead an 
erring sinner back to God, making him the better citizen in this 
land, and seeking to prepare him for that blest estate whither 
can dwell neither sorrow nor sin. 

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Conn, pastor of the First Church, at 
New Albany, and thus his spiritual adviser, had this to say, 
among other truths, at his burial on the 19th of July, 1872 : 

He was a man of faith and prayer, and the graces of the Holy character 
were increasingly manifest in him as he increased in years. It was touching 
to see this man of ripened Christian attainments, whose life from his con- 
version, onward, had been one long testimony of love and faith, during his 
last sickness, examining the foundations of his confidence anew. And, 
though the depression of spirits, which accompanied his disease, sometimes 
overshadowed his own mind with fears, there was no time reason to doubt 
his saving union with his Redeemer. He constantly assented that his only 
ground of trust was the perfect atonement of Christ. At the last he himself 
rose triumphant over doubt, and in calm confidence and sunlit peace, he 
passed away. 

It was good to l>e in his dying chaml>er that seemed odorous with the 
air of heaven. So gently did the transition from the earthly state to the 
heavenly life take place, that we could not tell when one ended and the 
other began. 

This worthy couple, in order to suppliment their meager 
schooling, such as all pioneers received in those days, hit upon 
this novel plan to improve themselves. They decided upon a 
correspondence with each other. A stand drawer was chosen as 
their private postoflice. On one day the husband would deposit 
a letter to the wife. The next day the reply was found in the 
same place. These letters were written with as much care as to 

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spelling, punctuation, composition, and penmanship, as possible. 
Years afterwards the mother used to say that she never looked 
forward with more eager anticipation for any letters, than for 
those in their stand drawer postoffice. 
Oue writes of the mother : 

She was a good mother, gentle, kind, faithful, and true. The memory 
of such a mother, and the influence of such teachings, form a heritage of 
inestimable value to her children. She was quiet and unassuming, never 
boasting, and fearless in the discharge of every known duty. For fifty-seven 
years she lived the life of a Christian, honoring her profession. Her fifteen 
years of widowhood were spent with her youngest daughter, at Salem, 

This couple were the parents of eleven children, three dying 
young. One became a minister of the gospel and two married 
ministers. (See below for half-tone cuts and life sketches of 
these three servants of God.) These eleven children are named 
below as twigs : 


Mary F.lizabeth. 
in infancy. 


James H., w. 1828 

Caroline Scribner, d 

2409 Brook Street, Lou- 
isville, Kentucky. 


Ksther Hale, unmarried. 

Win. Henry, w. 

Nellie Kcigwiu 



Hattie, d. 
Harvey, d. 

No issue. 

Greenl>erry F., w., d. 

Agues M. Ileth, d \ Addie, h..d. 

* Win. Porter, M. D. 

Catharine II., h. 

Kev. John McCrae, d 

West Pratt Street, In- 
dianapolis. Indiana. 

Rev. K P. Shields, D. D., 

Sarah Scovel, d 

Bridgeton, New Jersey 

Anna, d. 
Janet, d. 

Mary Nants, h. 
Bradford M. Culler...., 

l,.i Junta, Colorado. 

Lucy I.indsley, h. 

Melviu Mason 

Wichita, Kansas. 


Henry S., w. 

Klla Land 

South Bend, Indiana. 

No issue. 

f P.dlth M. 
Arthur K... d. 
Mattel M. 

Leila K. 

t Charles C. 
"» Harry M. 

Harry N. 

John K. 
Will Warren. 

Clara Janvier, h.. 1881 i Hdward S.. b. 1881 
Rev. J. S. MacCoiinell.d. "j Helen Janet. 

2nd h. Geo. S. Young.., 
Parnassus, Pa. 

J Ralph W. 

J Kenneth George. 

Henry Burnett, w. 

Victoria C. Wilson « 

Draughtsman t'nited 
States Navy, Cramps 
Ship Yards, Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. 

r Harry B.. h. 1888. 
F.leanor W. 
Gertrude, d. 
Robert Mori is. 
Florence, d. 


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HENRY B. SHIELDS— Continued. 


Rev. E. P. Shields. D. D., 

Sarah Scovel. d 

Bridgeton, New Jersey 

2nd w. Sarah Paulding 


Married June 2. 1897. 

Harriet N. Died at 11. 

Cornelia Ayres, h. 
Rev. David Kingery. ... 
Garden City, Kansas. 

Joanna Day, h. 
\Vm. B. Warren, 

Louisville, Kentucky. 

William Clement Died 

Elias A., w., 1843-19U2 
Sallie Tumy 


Hannah Scovel, h. 
Wm. Hendrickson...., 
Lawrenceville, N. J. 

Kdward Shields. 

Rev. Win. Hamill, w. 

Belle Platter 

Middlctown, Ohio. 


Rol>ert S., b. 1891 
l,ouise V. 
Kdward S. 
Matilda D. 
Hannah S. 

Margaret 1+ 
James H. 

Adelia Davis, d. 
Lillian Marcy. 

Prof. Hugh MacMasterw f Hugh McMillan. 

Mary McMillan Helen. 

Crawfordsville, Ind. i Ro»»ert. 



Harriet Day. h. 

Chas. i,. Seeley 

l/» Junta, Colorado. 

Anna Juliette. 
MaryS. Died at 13^. 

James R., w. 

l.ida C. Totten 

Ill Paso, Texas. 

' Cornelia. 
Charles K. 
David B. 

Frank L. 
I Rol>ert J. 

I Frederick T. 
•{ Russell S. 
/ All»ert Dowd. 

Prof. David Newton, w, 
Clara G. Jackson, 
St. Paul, Minnesota. 

No issue. 

Charles H., w. 
Marie Louise Oherhel- 

Kvanston, Cincinnati, 


Mary K.. h. 1 James P. 

James P. Orr 1 Adelaide. 

Kvanston, Cincinnati, f Chas. Kdward. 

Kdward H., w. 
Bertha Hines. 


Clara, h. 

Kdward A. Vosmer. 

Anna Maria, h. 

Dr. John R. Bare 

Salem, Indiana. Sur- 
geon frith Indiana In- 
fantry. Went with 
Sherman 'to the sea." 

( Clarence K. 
1 Nellie. 

| Chas. Henry. D. D. S., 
Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Kdward H. 

William Kliaa. 

| Kdward A., Jr. 


Greenherry F. Shields. 


Greenberry F. Shields, twig above, was born at New Albany, 
Indiana, February 13, 1830. Attended school at New Albany. 
For several years he was engaged with his father in the whole- 
sale hardware business, in Louisville, Kentucky. September 7, 
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only daughter, Addie, married Dr. Wm. Porter, of St. Louis, 
Missouri. Her sudden death, in February, 1884, was like a 
crushing blow to her parents. She was their only child. 

During the civil war, he was an officer in the Union army, 
being adjutant of the 17th Indiana regiment (mounted infantry). 
After doing much valiant service, he felt compelled to resign his 
position, because of ill health. And he suffered long from the 
disease resulting from the hardships and exposures of war. He 
was popular in his regiment. For many years afterwards he was 
engaged in steamboatir.g on the Mississippi river, as a clerk or 
captain on passenger boats. At the time of his death he was in 
command of the Annie P. Silver, running between St. Louis and 
New Orleans. 

The following tribute is culled from an obituary notice printed 
at the time of his death : 

"Green" Shields was a man whose righteousness and integrity ha<I earned 
for him the honor and respect of every class of steamboatsmen ; and when 
the sad news of his death fjecaine known, men seemed to forget their busi- 
ness in the runemberaiice of one who would be with them no more. * * 
As master of his vessel, he earned loud encomiums for his firm, though 
gentle, bearing toward his subordinates. * * * Those who sailed under 
Captain Shields, #ave him naught but praise. 

He was a handsome man, tall, erect, with black hair and eyes; 
pleasant in manner, a friend to be relied upon. Was a member 
of the Second Presbyterian church, St. Louis, Missouri. 

After escaping all the dangers of war, and of constant travel 
on the river, he died calmly and peacefully in his own home, at 
St. Louis, November 26, 1884. He was buried in Bellefouutaine 
cemetery. On his tomb-stone his widow had inscribed the words, 
"Safe in the Harbor." 

She has since then been called home, and we feel assured that 

their little family circle is again complete in the "home over 


"Safe in the harlx>r, 

All dangers past — 

Safe in the harlx>r, 

Home at last." 

The above tribute is furnished the author by a sister, Mrs. 
Cornelia Shields Kingery. 

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Rev. John McCrae. 

John McCrae was born near Wigtown, in Scotland, January 
7, 1819. While John was small, his father moved to a farm in 
Ayrshire, near the home of Robert Burns. 

The family being strict Covenanters, had worshipped on the 
hillside, as was long the custom, so John never was in a church 
until he was eleven years old. Then his parents united with 



rev. John m'crae. 

the Alio way Kirk, of which Burns wrote, and the family were 
buried in its graveyard. 

While a boy, John herded his father's sheep on the celebrated 
Mt. Cairnsmuir. At the age of sixteen, he went to Glasgow, 
where he served an apprenticeship of five years at the saddler's 
trade. In 1842, he came to America, "to make his fortune." 
He selected Nashville, Tennessee, for his home, and followed his 

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trade there quite successfully for three years. He then decided 
to enter the ministry, sold out his shop, and entered Nashville 
college, beginning the study of Latin and Greek, at the age of 
twenty-four. He graduated there, and afterwards, at the Theo- 
logical Seminary in New Albany, Indiana. He began to preach 
at Rehoboth, Harrison county, Indiana, while still a student, 
at the age of thirty years, and continued as a minister and home 
missionary for forty years. 

He graduated on April 30, 185 1, and the next day was married 
to Miss Catherine Shields. (See table above.) A few days later 
he and his bride proceeded to Texas, expecting to enter Mexico 
as missionaries as soon as the war among the Mexicans and Com- 
anche Indians was over. Overstudy had undermined his "iron 
constitution," and ill health compelled him to abandon his hopes 
of labor in that benighted country. After four years of work in 
Texas, he reluctantly returned to the North. Though never 
strong afterwards, he labored earnestly and constantly, in Indiana, 
Ohio, Kentucky, and Kansas. He never would accept of work 
in a large city church, although such fields were frequently 
opened to him. He said : " No, I started out to be a missionary. 
Since I cannot serve in the foreign field, I will go to the small 
and neglected churches where others do not wish to serve." And 
this vow he kept. Many feeble churches revived and built up, 
eight church buildings erected and several repaired, bore abun- 
daut testimony to his faithfulness and ability. 

In December, 1863, the 3rd Kentucky cavalry of the Union 
army, with Colonel Eli H. Murray, in command, invited him to 
become their chaplain. The regiment joined Kilpatrick's division 
of Sherman's army, participating in many battles, and "marching 
through Georgia." A few days before the army started for the 
sea, the regiment received nearly a year's pay. Not able to carry 
it with them, and solicitous for the welfare of their families at 
home, they chose Mr. McCrae, and he was ordered North with 
over $35,000, to be distributed through Northern Kentucky and 
Southern Indiana. The money was enclosed in envelopes, each 
with an address on the outside. These euvelopes were packed in 
an old valise, aud carrying this in his hand, and wearing the 
uniform of a private soldier, Chaplain McCrae started on his 
perilous mission. The story of his hairbreadth escapes during 
the next six weeks, would read like the adventures in a dime 
novel. As he was well known in the localities he had to visit, 

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his work had to be done mostly by night. He was greatly 
assisted by the negroes of that part of the country, whom he had 
befriended, and to whom he had preached before the war. It is 
sufficient to say that every penny of the money reached the ones 
to whom it had been sent. 

As he could not rejoin Sherman's army, he was placed on 
duty as chaplaiu in Barracks No. i , and Exchange Barracks in 
Louisville, Kentucky. Though arduous, the work delighted him. 
He served here until the war was over. 

After the war was over, he served churches in Floyd, Orange, 
Washington, and Harrison counties, of Southern Indiana. While 
at Rehoboth church, a fall from his horse crippled him for life. 
In spite of his enfeebled condition, he persisted in preaching, 
sometimes walking on crutches twelve miles to fill au appointment. 
His feeble health caused him to move to Kansas, in 1879. The 
change of climate proved quite beneficial, and nearly twelve years 
more for active work were granted him. Several churches organ- 
ized, and five church buildings erected during this time, prove 
his faithful efficiency. 

On February 10, 1890, he was released from earthly labor and 
suffering, and was buried at Ness City, Kansas. 

He left his widow and six grown children to mourn his loss, 

and to revere his memory. Truly, ' ' He being dead, yet speaketh. ' ' 


Mary McCrae Cui/ter. 

Mary McCrae, bud, was born at New Albany, Indiana, April 
12, 1S58, and was named Mary Nantz by her great grandmother, 
Mary Nance Shields. The middle name was spelled as writteu, 
because the grandmother expressed a preference for that mode. 
She was educated at The Western College, Oxford, Ohio, gradu- 
ating in 187.7. She married Bradford M. Culter, of Derby, 
Kansas, October 19, 1882. Their home is on a large farm near 
Wichita, Kansas, but they are temporarily at La Junta, Colorado, 
for the health of their youngest child. 

For a number of years, she has been doing considerable liter- 
ary work, writing for some thirty publishing houses. Her serial 
work has been published in the Herald and Presbyter, Journal and 
Messenger, and Christian Leader, all of Cincinnati ; and in The 
Presbyterian Journal, of Philadelphia. Her first book, "What 
the Railroad Brought to Timken," was put out by Monfort & 
Co., Cincinnati. The second, " Four Roads to Happiness," was 

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published by the American Sunday School Union, of Philadelphia. 
The third, "The Girl Who Kept Up," appeared September, last, 
and was published by Lee & Shepard, of Boston. 

She has three more books in the hands of the publishers, and 
they will probably be issued before this Memorial. 

She does not publish her books, but sells the copyrights. This 
method perhaps nets her less returns, but frees her from expense 
and annoyance. Mrs. Culter says of her writings : 

They are not of a class to make me either wealthy or famous. Distinct- 
ively religious work is the only kind that is really worth while, and that is 
the kind I do, looking for the reward hereafter. My greatest reward is 
when some one conies to me and says, 4 * Your stories have helped me." 

She writes under her own name, that at the head of this sketch. 

Edward P. Shields. 

Edward P. Shields, twig, was born in New Albany, Indiana, 
August 31, 1833. He was schooled for his early years in the 
Collegiate Institute, of that city, then under the careful oversight 
of Mr. Jno. B. Anderson, for a period of eight years, till he was 
in his fifteenth year, when, because of his need for better physical 
development, he was placed at work in the store of his father, at 
Louisville, Kentucky, for a period of nearly four years, realizing 
the benefits desired. Then, much improved in every way, study 
was resumed, having united with the church upon profession of 
faith, in 1849, and finding a growing desire to give himself to the 
work of the ministry, he was entered in the course at Miami 
University, Oxford, Ohio, with the Junior class, in 1852, and 
graduating in 1854, receiving the degree of A. B. Three years 
later he received the degree of A. M., and thirty years later the 
degree of D. D. 

As New Albany was his home, he properly entered the Theo- 
logical Seminary of that place, in 1854, then under the care of 
such eminent divines and masters of learning as the Rev. Drs. 
MacMaster and T. E. Thomas. He took a full three years' 
course in the institution with such excellent class-mates as Syl- 
vester F. Scovel, David Kingery, Isaac B. Moore, Thomas E. 
Hughes, Joshua B. Garritt, most of whom continue to this day, 
and have written a most credi able record in the work of the 
ministry, and also in the art of education. The change of loca- 
tion for the institution, through the action of the General 
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America, from New Albany to Chicago, Illinois, was a measure 
designed for the enlargement of its influence, as has proven to be 
the case, in which no one has rejoiced more than the class of 1857, 
which was graduated at the old, well-known location, as its last 
issue of men equipped for the faith. Dr. S. F. Scovel, for six- 
teen years president of the now renowned Presbyterian University, 
of Wooster, in the state of Ohio ; and Prof. J. B. Garritt, for his 
whole life employed in the classical course of Hanover college, 


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Indiana, are worthy of all praise for their devoted services in both 
lines of employment, never forgetting the privilege to preach the 
gospel while earnestly seeking to prepare others for the sacred 

An added year within the venerable walls of Princeton Theo- 
logical Seminary, in New Jersey, was not without profit to the 
subject of this sketch, giving him friendship among the students 
there, many of which still continue to this day, and by the 

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learned and careful instructions there imparted fitting him and 
them for better service in the work of the church. 

He and his class-mate, David Kingery, were examined for 
licensure, by the Presbytery of New Albany, at New Philadelphia, 
in Washington county, Indiana, on the 9th of April, 1856. 

A call from the rural church and congregation of Upper Pitts- 
grove, New Jersey, was given him in the spring of 1858, and 
accepted by him to begin his work May first. His marriage, 
April 19th, to Miss Sarah Scovel, followed, before removal to 
New Jersey, which is now one of tbe great strongholds of the 


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Presbyterian church in this land. In June the Presbytery of 
West Jersey received him into their membership, and on the 
second day of said month, he was there ordained to the work of 
the ministry and iustalled pastor of said church. With his life- 
long friend for a companion and co-worker, he felt eager for the 
service. And the years of a first pastorate were among their most 
pleasant years, having been led wisely to such a historic church, 

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dating from the colonial days of 1741, aud having had the faith- 
ful management and guidance of the Rev. Geo. W. Janvier, who 
labored in that, his only charge, for forty-six years (18 12- 1858), 
and lived among the people of his choice for seven years more, 
dying, much lamented, in 1865, but leaving the fragrance of his 
name to bless that field for years to come. The memory of that 
good man and his example has had much to do with the career of 
his successor, and will ever be a cherished possession in his list of 

The erection of a new house of worship and its dedication, in 
1S67, one hundred years after the dedication of the former house 
in 1767, was a significant event during this pastorate. 

Removal from this interesting field to the church at Cape May, 
was made at the close of December in 1870, beginning his work 
the first of the new year. At that famous seaside resort, his 
ministry went steadily forward through a period of thirteen years 
and two months. Here he and his family found strength by 
reason of the tonic influence of the great grand ocean, which was 
of much advantage for uninterrupted usefulness for years to come. 

Removal in 1884 to the church of Bristol, Pennsylvania, led 
to the third and last field of labor, and an average of thirteen 
years in each place, gave a total of thirty-nine years in all — 
years of uninterrupted employment in quiet but prosperous fields, 
and mingling many of the joys and sorrows of life for both pastor 
and people. 

For a full term of three years, having been elected by the New 
Jersey State Board of Education as Superintendent of Public 
Instruction for the county of Cape May ( 188 1- 1884), he bad fine 
opportunity to become acquainted with school life, and to 
encourage and strengthen those who taught, to aim at higher 
things, and to advance the grade of study in many branches. 
Removal to Bristol interrupted this pleasing department of use- 
fulness, although allowed to spend the last six months of his 
term in residence in the neighboring state. He was also clerk of 
the Presbytery, West Jersey (1872- 1884). 

The occurrence of revival occasions throughout his whole 
career, was one of the gratifying experiences belonging to his 
modest and quiet life, for which he will ever be grateful to the 
giver of all good. 

The death of Sarah Scovel, his faithful and beloved wife for 
almost thirty-three years, which came in January, 1890, was the 

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most serious break in such a steadfast, resolute endeavor to 
accomplish the will of God by the service of his generation. Still, 
for years after that event, he continued at his post of duty, till 
warned by some indications of failing health, he felt it best to 
resign the active duties of his calling. She was a good woman, 
intelligent, accomplished, and attractive — in every way fitted for 
the position of a minister's wife. Her whole heart was in the 
work, and her good influence can never die. 

Seven years after, marriage to Mrs. Sarah P. Johnson, (June 
2, 1899), at Bridgeton, New Jersey, has served to supply the 
vacancy in the home, from whence most of the children had gone 
forth into homes of their own. His declining years are passing 
among pleasant surroundings, thus, in the state of his mother's 
birth, with the natural though sincere regret that there are not 
more fruits to l>e gathered for the glory of his Lord and Master, 
to whom belongeth the praise for a useful life. 

Rev. John S. MacConneu. 

Was able to trace his descent from Scotch and Scotch-Irish 
ancestry, his parents, George and Jeannette, living in West Deer 
township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. John was born in 
their country home, August 12, 1833, and his subsequent life 
gave evidence of the religious training by them imparted, stimu- 
lated (no doubt) by the earnest belief received in the instruction 
of that zealous Presbyterian denomination known for many years 
as the Associate Reform Church, and afterwards changed by 
union with the Reformed Church, into the Associate Presbyterian 

After having united with the church in early life, John entered, 
for his collegiate training, into Franklin college, located at New 
Athens, Ohio, for a five years' course, and graduating with 
honors, in 1858, and from the Allegheny Theological Seminary, 
of that denomination, at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, in 1862. 
Now followed entrance into the activities of his public ministry. 
Licensed by Monongahela Presbytery in 1861, he was the next 
year ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry by the Pres- 
bytery of Cleveland, within whose bounds he lal>ored for four 
years of diligent work. From there he was invited to missionary 
work in the city of Chicago, and was employed within that great 
city's limits among the needy of that growing community for two 
years more. 

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There it was, that, after most serious and thoughtful con- 
sideration of the matter, he felt called to change his church rela- 
tions, and, after due call by the Presbyterian church at Pontiac, 
in 1868, was accepted in his new connection and employed for 
five years of steadfast service there. From Pontiac, he was called 
to the church of Emsworth, which lay in the bounds of both the 
county and the Presbytery of Allegheny, and gave four years to 
the upbuilding of that interesting field. But he was soon called 
to a much larger field in the area of the great city of Pittsburg 
itself, and, for ten years (1877- 1887) in the Lawrenceville Pres- 
byterian church, of Pittsburg, found a field which required his 
fullest endeavors and steady devotion, until the day of his death, 
which occurred at Cranford, New Jersey, October 29, 1887. 

His marriage at Cape May, to Miss Clara J. Shields, bud 
above, took place March 31, 1881. His death left her with the 
charge of two children which are tokens of God's covenant faith- 
fulness upon whom is believed that the same care iti parental 
training will bring forth much honor to his memory ; his only 
son, Edward S., now fully twenty-one years of age, is in college 
course seeking preparation for the same calling with that of his 
lamented father. May God receive all the praise for such indi- 
cations of his provideuce, vindicating the prophecy and hope, 
" As are the fathers so shall the childreu be." 

Rev. W. Hamill Shields, A. M. 

Rev. \V. Hamill Shields, bud, is the youngest of the three 
sons of Rev. E. P. Shields, D. D. Born January 30, 1870, at 
Daretown, New Jersey. At the age of about two years the father 
became pastor of the Presbyterian church, of Cape May, New 
Jersey, where the boy received the benefits of the sea air for the 
thirteen years of that pastorate. On the removal to Bristol, 
Pennsylvania, the boy had the advantage of the private instruc- 
tion of the father for two years. 

At the age of eighteen, he decided to enter business, but iu a 
few months felt himself called to the ministry, and in the summer 
of 18S7, entered the summer school of Wooster University. After 
one year of preparatory work and the four years of collegiate life, 
he graduated in June of 1892. 

Iu September of that year he entered Princeton Seminary, and 
graduated in May of 1 895 . He immediately entered the work of the 
ministry as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian church, of Detroit, Mich- 
igan, where, for five years, reasonable success attended his ministry. 

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In September of 1900, he came to the First Presbyterian ' 
church, of Middletown, Ohio, where he was permitted to raise an 
$8,000 debt a few months after his arrival. The church is now 
out of debt, and has assumed the support of its own missionary 
pastor in China, and all branches cf the work are moving steadily 
on. His wife, who was Miss Belle T. Platter, of Wooster, Ohio, 
is the daughter of Rev. James K. Platter, formerly of Winfield, 
Kansas. She has proven herself to be a most gifted helper, and 
with him shares the joys and compensations of Christian service. 

Rkv. David Kingkry. 

Rev. David Kingery was born at South Salem, Ohio, May 8, 
1829. His boyhood was spent on a farm, where he acquired 
strength of body and cheerful spirits, two very necessary qualifi- 
cations for the work of the ministry. His education began in the 
country schools, continued through the Salem academy (a Pres- 
byterian school famous for the remarkable number of men it has 
sent into the home and foreign mission fields); thence through 
Miami University, at Oxford, Ohio; thence to the New Albany 
Theological Seminary (now McCormick Seminary, Chicago, Illi- 
nois), taking the full course, graduating in May, 1S57. He wns 
licensed to preach by New Albany Presbytery, in April, 1856, and 
began his ministerial labors at Kokoino, Indiana, during the sum- 
mer vacation. 

For more than a year during his seminary course, he taught 
Latin and Greek, in DePauw Female College, a Methodist school 
at New Albany. 

In June, 1857, following his graduation, betook charge of a 
church at Onarga, Illinois, his first regular field of labor. He 
was ordained to the full work of the ministry, in April, 1858, by 
the Presbytery of Peoria, Illinois, in session at Canton, same 
state. This event was followed, June 17, by his marriage at New 
Albany, with Miss Cornelia A. Shields, twig. 

His labors have been constant, but varied, living always in 
the west, or middle west, where changes are more common than 
in the far eastern states. During the civil war, he found, at 
Wabash, Indiana, abundance of work for his church and for his 
country. He next took charge of the Valparaiso Collegiate 
Institute, a Presbyterian school of high grade, V Valparaiso, 
Indiana. This was in many respects a desirable position, but he 
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In Ohio he had charge of churches at Loveland, Delaware, 
Columbus, and other points, where the Sabbath school, temper- 
ance, and missionary causes always found in him an earnest, 
active advocate, and worker. 

Removing to Kansas, in 1879, he was soon in the midst of the 


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great temperance movement that gave to Kansas the benefits of 
prohibition, and the glory of being the first state in the Union to 
give it a place in the state constitution. In common, with minis- 
ters generally, he labored with voice and pen, to forward the 
glorious work, and to influence all about him to work, pray, and 
vote for prohibition, and to practice total abstinence. He was 

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commissioner to the Presbyterial General Assembly, at Detroit, 
Michigan, in 1872, and at Saratoga, New York, in 1883. 

Since 1879, Mr. Kingery has been engaged in the home mis- 
sion work. Forty-six years of active, constant service is his 
record. Blessed with uniformly good health, loving his work, 
energetic and unsparing of himself, he has been vouchsafed a 
good degree of success, as pastor, teacher, and friend. He is still 
strong and vigorous, preaching part of the time. Rev. Dr. Gal- 
braith, who was his boyhood friend, and his fellow student in 
academy, college, and seminary, in a published address given on 
the occasion of the " Centennial of Salem Church," South Salem, 
Ohio, says : 

David Kingery preached for a time at l^oveland, Ohio, but for many 
years has been a home missionary in the far west, doing faithful and heroic 
work. He is an excellent preacher, a true friend, an upright, manly man. 
Two of his sons are professors of excellent reputation, in Presbyterian 

Mr. Kingery says there is no happier life on earth, than the 
life of a faithful, diligent minister of the Christ. 

The above sketch has been prepared by the author from facts 
furnished him by Cousin Cornelia, the companion for more than 
forty-five years, in all the joys and sorrows of this busy man of 

A faithful pauarama of the life of this mother in Israel, as of 
any other such, who has been the wife of a faithful missionary, 
home or foreign, for nearly a half century, would thrill the church 
to a greater realization of responsibility of the individual Chris- 
tian Toward the proper support of these missionaries of the cross. 
It gives me great pleasure to present the sketch of a noble life : 

Cornelia A. Shields was born in New Albany, September 10, 
1837. The Shields family, with the exception of the father's two 
sisters, had their home and their business in New Albany, as also 
her mother's people, the Day family, and she grew up surrounded 
by a large circle of relatives, among whom there was warm affec- 
tion and devoted attachment. She always regarded it as a high 
honor to be able to trace her descent from such ancestry as the 
Scotch Covenanters, the Pilgrim Fathers, and the French Hugue- 
nots. Her early education was obtained in the private schools of 
her native city. Then she entered Anderson's Female Seminary, 
from which she graduated in 1S54. This school had a high rep- 
utation for thoroughness in education, and for its moral and 
religious influence. Following her marriage, she went with her 

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husband to his pastoral charge at Onarga, Illinois. She has often 
spoken of the change in surroundings. The Sunday before her 
marriage, worshiping in a large city church, the next in a ware- 
room containing hardware, farm implements, household furniture, 
etc., in a small prairie village. She has always entertained pleas- 
ant memories of that first worship in her new home. The singing 
would compare well with that in some of the fine churches. The 
choir sang a missionary anthem with. much of the spirit of devo- 
tion. Since that time her life as a minister's wife has been a 
busy one, and as she expresses it, " With many joys, some sor- 
rows, and some successes." 

When the woman's crusade against the liquor traffic com- 
menced in Ohio, where her home then was, she was in full 
sympathy with the movement, though not enrolled as a member 
of the crusaders. Much work was being done in arousing a senti- 
ment among the people in favor of temperance, and in this she 
took an active part. This continued for some years iu Ohio. 
Then, after removal to Kansas, in 1879, the way was open for 
still more active and aggressive work iu the same line, in the 
fight for constitutional prohibition. The women were not per- 
mitted to vote, but that did not prevent their taking an active 
part in the campaign. There were many quiet, womanly ways 
in which they might render efficient service, and they were not 
slow to respond to the call. Organizations were formed, meetings 
were held, and the subject kept continuously before the people. 
In all this, she was actively engaged. The result is known the 
world over — prohibition in the state of Kansas. 

Woman's missionary work in organized form gave a still wider 
opportunity for church work. When a Woman's Presbyterial 
Missionary Society was to be organized in connection with the 
Presbytery, of which her husband was a member, she was elected 
to an office, to her surprise and against her wishes. Timidly the 
work was undertaken, but with the full purpose of doing her 
whole duty. For more than fifteen years, in Ohio, and then in 
Kansas, she continued actively in the work, during much of the 
time holding the office of president, secretary, or treasurer. 
When, from partial loss of sight, she found it necessary to give 
up such work for some years. Later, especially in the use of the 
pen, it was gladly resumed. To show that this work was appre- 
ciated, the pastor of the largest church in the Presbytery, told 
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mentioned more than any other woman within the bounds of the 
Presbytery, as an active worker in the Missionary society. 

New country life in Kansas, gave the family many novel 
experiences, and many that were pleasing. It was a great change 
for the minister's wife, but she heartily enjoyed the work. There 
was much to do, but great encouragement in the doing of it, 
results being more speedily evident and far reaching than in the 
older states. 

Among the energetic, intelligent people of Kansas, it was 
cheering to see the rapid growth and great improvement in the 
surroundings. She says : " To many people the life of a minis- 
ter's wife seems hard aud unattractive, but to me it has many 
charms, and I rejoice that it has been my lot." 

Six children were given to this worthy couple, as per table 
above, three sons and the same number of daughters, buds. John 
MacMaster is professor of Latin in Wabash college, Crawfords- 
ville, Indiana, and author of a small Latin text-book, "The 
Media of Seneca," used in many schools. He is a graduate of 
Wooster University, class of 1884. David Newton is professor of 
Higher Mathematics aud Physics, in Macalester college, St. Paul, 
Minnesota. He is a graduate of Wabash college, class of 1893. 
James R. is manager of the largest dry goods store in El Paso, 
Texas, and is a very successful business man. 

Joanna Day Shields, twig, was born in New Albany, June 24, 
1839. She was educated in the schools of her native city. The 
state of her health prevented her receiving the same liberal edu- 
cation enjoyed by her brothers and sisters. She early developed 
musical talent, aud it was cultivated. The piano was her delight. 
With it and her clear soprano voice, she was always in demand, 
and welcome in any musical circles. A sister says of her : 

"Joe" has the pen of a ready writer. She has written many poems, 
some amusing, some tender and sweet. Here is one of her poems that I 
have heard her play and sing to music of her own composing : 

My Prayer. 

Father in heaven, hear this my prayer, 
Keep from temptation, from every snare ; 
Help me to serve thee, to love and obey ; 
From earth to heaven show me the way. 

Then when the hour comes my life to lay down, 
I'll yield it gladly, winning a crown 
Sparkling with gems, with heaven's radiant gleam — 
God's love the seUing, Oh glorious dream ! 

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Cousin Joanna is passionately fond of music to this day, as the 
author can testify. She flies from the midst of annimated con- 
versation, to her piano, and at once illustrates a point in the con- 
versation, in a sweet melody of voice and instrument, by the use 
of some sentence or two from some poem, perhaps her own, per- 
haps another's. She says of herself: 

Sister Coniie asked when here over two years ago ; "Joe," do you still 
keep up your music? M "No, it keeps me up. Every nerve is set that way, 
and I pray* in the better world, 1 may have my place with the grand choir, 
and an organ for my very own and a voice to sing the songs to which my 
inner life's instrument is set." 

On September i, i860, Cousin Joanna left New Albany, with 
Mr. and Mrs. George Buford, of Egg Point, Mississippi, to spend 
ten months in their home, as a companion and music teacher to 
the young wife, more the former than the latter. The lessons of 
those few months in the sunny south, are treasured in the mem- 
ory. She was in Mississippi when the state seceded from the 
Union. She returned home on the last boat that came up the 
Mississippi river before the blockade. 

On October 4, 1864, she was married to Mr. W. B. Warren, 
by her brother, Edward, at his home iu Daretown, New Jersey. 
In 1865 they removed to Georgia, and entered the mercantile 
business, but it being just after the close of the war, the country 
was bankrupt, and success was not for them. They returned to 
Louisville, which has been their home ever since. In writing of 
the love manifest between the members of the Shields family, she 
says : 

I believe the love that exists in our family is rarely strong. The fate of 
living, growing up, marrying, which means scattering, has been ours. 

" Like a wreath of scented flowerets 
Close intertwined each heart, 
But time and change in concert, 

Have blown the wreath apart. 


,4 When I long for sainted memories, 
Like angel troops they come — 
If I fold my arms and ponder, 
On the old, old home." 

In speaking of life's battles, to which we all are heir, and of 
which most of us have our share, she says : 

I am fighting the battle of life and do not know what turn fate may take. 
As I have often said, I am fighting a "Manila" battle, but if I win a Dewey 
victory, all will be well. 

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• The world is but a school-room, where, 

We tasks may learn, and trials meet. 
And when the term is ended here, 
In higher grades find pleasures sweet. 

The author has tried to portray the character, life, and spirit, 

of Cousin Joanna, to those who have uot the pleasure of her per- 
sonal acquaintance, and has thought he could best do it by quot- 
ing portions of her letter to him, written after much urgency on 
his part, and of others. Those who know her will recognize the 
weakness of his effort. 

The reader will find samples of her writings throughout this 
work. He asked her for a poetic sentiment for the dedicatory 
page. At once came, 4, To the readers of the Nance Record and 
who are numbered therein. ' ' He asked for something appropriate 
for openiug the chapter on our ancestral head, Clement Nance, 
senior. It came by return mail. He asked for lines to take the 
place of the picture of her grandfather, which cannot be had. 
They came at once, and will be found in their place. This came 
with them : "I have again complied. I just turned the mill of 
impulse and this is what came out of it. (A kind of electric but- 
ton business.) If I touched a live wire and you have your wishes, 
I am more than gratified." He asked for a poetic sentiment on 
the Coat of Arms, bringing out the similarity between it and our 
family, both of uncertain origin, French or English. Her reply- 
is in its proper place. 

Fearing that some of the expressed sentiments from the south- 
land concerning the conflict now long gone by, might lecve a 
tinge of those days on the minds of the readers not in harmony 
with present day sentiment, the author asked Cousin Joanna for 
a poetic sentiment, un to date, as a kind of antidote, if any were 
needed. Prompt and satisfactory as usual came the response, 
" The Blue and the Gray." 

Finally, he asked for her photo for the Memorial. In its 
stead came this : 

Cousin George. 

If by my pen, I have given you aid 

To add to your book, I surely am paid, 

By your kindly good will and kindly regard, 

I never once thought I should have a part, 

In this "Lineage history," requiring an art, 

To trace, and to find those hidden away 

From earth's brightness and sun, and in devious ways. 

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A pleasure has been, to come to your call, 

Acknowledging your goodness, that shines through it all. 

Love for your ancestors, the brave and the true, 

And their branches, the world teems with, the old and the new. 

You ask for my face — semblance of my old self 

To place with the others your pages between 

Cousin George, I really must beg you to excuse 

An act so alarming, I'd rather not choose. 

Tis kindly indeed to offer a place • 

For the white-haired old lady, without an old face, 

But out of regard for the camera, so dear, 

I'll refrain for a time ; not for this year. 

The artists' expenses will be heavy enough 

Without my making a break ; for him 'twould he tough. 

Yours Cousinly, 
January ' ?j % 1904, io:jo P. At. JOSIE D. S. W. . 

Elias A. Shields, twig, was born, at New Albany, Indiana, 
October 26, 1843. Died at Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2, 1902. He 
was of a cheerful, hopeful disposition, witty, and affectionate. Was 
endowed with marked musical, artistic, and poetic ability. In 
business he was accurate, conscientious, faithful in the extreme, 
and like his father, strictly honest. Was a remarkably rapid 
accountant, a valuable talent for one in his position, that of book- 
keeper for large wholesale houses in Cincinnati. 

October 17, 1866, he was married to Miss Sallie Tumy, and 
was, to the end of his life, a fond and devoted husband. To their 
children he was the beloved companion, as well as the father to 
be revered and obeyed. 

His days were spent amid the rush and pressure of business, 
but his evenings with his family were his delight. Lookiug down 
from the heights of Walnut Hills, his home, he once said: 
"When I come up here at night, I leave all business down there 
in the city." (A wise plan). 

He was a devoted Christian, and a member of the Presbyterian 

church in Cincinnati. And now that he is done with life's cares 

and business, and is at rest, 'tis pleasant to recall his own words, 

written many years ago: 

" God grant that amid our restings, 

We can scan o'er the six days of toil, 

And find in our conscience the verdict, 

It is good — it is pure — without soil.". 

Of the many beautiful poems of Cousin Elias, sent the author, 
he can find room for but the following, showing as it does, fine 
poetic ability : 

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Six days in the sand of the desert — 

Six days in the glare of the sun — 
Six days we have bent 'neath the burden. 

But the toil and the travel are done. 

The oasis is reached, and the waters 

Dance, bubble and sing in their glee ; 
"We are life to all that's around us," 

And the echo is, "Life to me." 

We kick off the travel- worn sandels, 

And the (lust of the desert we lx>re 
Is lost, as we bathe in the bounty 

Now lavish — so stinted before. 

We rest — God rested, we're told, 

When the earth was as green before Him 
As this emerald set in the gold. 

The dove coo'd then in the branches, 

And her mate came, just as now, 
And the reeds and the lilies w( le rocking, 

As resting, I see them lxnv. 

Leaf waved welcome to cloud — 

Winds whispered among the wood — 
God rested—" 'Twas He that had made it,** 

'Twas He that had said, "It is good." 

God grant that amid our restings 

We can scan o'er the six days of toil, 
And find in our conscience the verdict, 

"It is good" — it is pure — without soil. 

A few more stretches of desert — 

A few more patches of green, 
Ami the river is reached where endeth 

The travel and burden, I ween, 
Ami the worn and the weary find Sundays 

Nor toiling, nor travel between. 

— E. A. Shields. 

Clement Nance Shields — Branch Three. 

Clement Nance Shields was born June 17, 1803. He was 
married to Miss Mary Stewart, of Crawford county, Indiana, 
April 26, 1827. They resided at Marengo for eight years, he 
keeping a country store. In 1833 they moved to New Albany, to 
better educate their children. Here he opened up a dry goods 
store, but on August 22, 1838, he passed away, being but two 
mouths past thirty-five years of age. He was the father of four 
children, named below as twigs. The mother survived the father 


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thirty-seven years, caring for the children until they grew up. 
She passed away in August, 1875, loved and respected by all. 

Mr. Shields had an exalted conception of life, and holy living. 
When a young man he refused a lucrative clerkship in a store, 
because he would be expected to sell whisky, a commodity kept 
by most stores in those days. 


A vesta A., h., 1828 
Jno. R. Nunemacher. d.. 
New Albany, Indiana 

JamesG..w.. 1829-1892 
Cora A. Snyder 


Mary C. h. 

Horace C King, d j No issue. 

Km in a S., h. 

Phil. J. Carleton, d 1 »t,jn;^ ki a 

New Albany. Indiana. , Ph,,1, P N - d - 

Walter C. w.. 18.VI 

Sallie Clelland j 

Atlanta, Georgia. f 

Frank C, w. 

Charlotte Crane ) 

Louisville, Kentucky. f 


No issue. 


Mary E.. h., 1831 

Wm. C Crane, d 

New Albany, Indiana. 

Grace, h., 1HT>2 

G. McGowan 

Louisville, Kentucky 

Elizabeth. 18<» 
New Albany, Indiana. 

Florence A., 
New Albany, Indiana. 

Charles E., w., 1853 

Alice Hinman 

3U7 Highland Drive, 
Seattle, Washington. 

William F., w. 

I^illy Hammond 

New All>any, Indiana. 

Ivlgar S., w. 

l.etitia Gebhart 

Yazoo City, Mississippi 

Arthur C. w. 

Finely Hare f 

Louisville, Keutucky. ( 

Emma, h. 

Steve Barnwell 

Yazoo City. Mississippi 

Addie, h. 

Al. Wright J 

New Albany, Indiana. ) 

Stewart C. 

Walter C. 
Charles R. 
Lucy, d. 

' Julia Hinman 

zaheth Shields. 
Harry Stewart. 
Aline Terrell. 
Bonnie Marguarite 
Chas. Leslie. 

f Hul>ert. 
{ Katie. 

Win. Earl. 

No issue. 

Steven E. 


Martin B., w. 

Ad . aIJu . ck ::. •.:•••.••  J M. Frion. 

David P.. w. 

Isadora Hines, d 

Memphis, Tennessee. 

Seattle, Washington. j 

Nellie, h. ( Nellie. 

John Potts < Marie. 

Cincinnati, Ohio. ( John. 

Albert E-, w. 

Rose Campbell ( vtji^-^i 

Little Rock, Arkansas. { Mlldrwl 

Carrie, h. 

John Cullen J - 

Richmond, Virginia. < 

James P. (Bach.) 
New York. 

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Very little biographical matter concerning the family above, is 
at hand. The author has met a few of the family, and has had 
correspondence with others, and has an exalted opinion of the 
family, but they are too modest to speak of themselves. 

Charles Eugene 
Crane, bud above, was 
born October 14, 1853, 
at New Albany, Indi- 
ana. He was educated 
in the public schools, 
and Morse & Fales 
academy, of the same 
place. He was trained 
in the wholesale hard- 
ware house of Tar- 
water, Snyder & Ran- 
kin's, in Louisville, 
Kentucky. He was a 
member of the firm of 
Crane Bros. & Co., 
Yazoo City, Missis- 
sippi, up to July, 1891, 
when he removed to 
Seattle, Washington. 
Here he is presideut 
and manager of the 
Diamond Ice and Stor- 
age Company, the Mutual Light and Heat Company. He is a 
member of the First Presbyterian church, Chamber of Commerce, 
Rainier and Athletic clubs. His likeness appears herewith, as 
also does that of his youngest child, Charles Leslie, in "The 
First Pair of Trowsers." 

Frank C. Nunemacher, bud above, was found at his place of 
business, by the author, who had a very pleasant call. Mr. 
Nunemacher owns and manages a large railroad printing house 
at 436 West Main street, Louisville. He is one of the election 
commissioners of the city, and withal, a very busy man. 

Avesta A. Shields was born in 1828 ; married to J. R. Nune- 
macher, in 1847, and was left a widow in 1882, in a fine home in 
New Albany, where she continues to reside. The author has no 
where received warmer cousinly greetings. 



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Dr. Pleasant S. Shields — Branch Four. 

Dr. Pleasant Scott Shields was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
near Georgetown, November 30, 1806. Died in New Albany, 
same county, January 29, 1875. He was married to Miss Nancy 
Plumer, February 5, 1835. The following quotation is taken 
from the New Albany Ledger-Standard : 

Again the hand of death has been laid on one of our oldest and most 
highly esteemed citizens, Dr. Pleasant Scott Shields, who expired at the 
faraiiv residence on Main street, between Pearl and Bank, at eight o'clock 
this morning. Dr. Shields was born in this county, when the county was an 
almost unbroken wilderness. He remained at the place of his birth with his 
parents until his majority, when he came to New Albany and entered the 
office of Dr. A. Clapp, as a medical student, and after acquiring a knowledge 
of the profession sufficient to justify him in the act, he returned to George- 
town and practiced his profession for several years. In 1832 he returned to 
this city and entered upon the practice of medicine, which he continued 
without intermission, and with great success, up to the time of his last fatal 
illness. In the profession he was recognized as among the foremost of our 
local physicians. He was pre-eminently a family man, and in the family 
circle realized the height of his enjoyment. In early life he attached him- 
self to the Presbyterian church in this city, and for many years occupied the 
honorable position of elder in the First Presbyterian church, for the interest 
of which, and the up-building of the kingdom of Christ, he labored dili- 
gently and earnestly. He was foremost in all good work in the church, as 
well as among his fellow-citizens outside of his church fellowship. We 
know tliat we but repeat the sentiment of all our people, that none of her 
citizens was more universally esteemed than Dr. Pleasant S. Shields. He 
had a word of kindly advice for all who sought it, and his wannest sympa- 
thies were always extended to relieve the distressed. His Christianity was 
carried into all the relations of life, and fully exemplified those beautiful 
traits which give to the religion of Christ its brightest allurements. He was 
public spirited, and entered into all enterprises that had for their object the 
advancement of the interest of his adopted city or his native county. 

Dr. Shields leaves a wife and two grown daughters to mourn the loss of 
an affectionate husband and a kind and indulgent parent. These will 
receive the profound sympathy of our citizens in their bereavement. 

The author remembers in early life to have heard his father 
speak many times in the most endearing terms of his cousin, Dr. 
Pleasant Shields. He is certain he must have been one of God's 
most noble men. A niece says this of him : 

No truer, nobler person ever lived, t'nele was the poor man's friend, 
and so never became rich ; pleasant in voice, gentle-mannered ; winning the 
hearts of all, he was minister as well as physician at the dying bed. 

After nearly fifty years of constant practice of his profession, he 
"fell asleep" in the sixty-ninth year of his age, and was numbered 

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with his fathers. His two daughters are named below as twigs : 


Anna, h. 

W. DeWitt Wallace, d. . . 
I^afayette, Indiana, 919 
State Street. A sold- 
ier, lawyer, judge. 

Sally Plumer, 1&40-1902. 
Never married. 

Florence Anna. 

Sally Shields, h. 
Curtis Bates Mather. 



Klla, h.. d. 

Chas. W. McConaughy.. 

Mary, d. 

| Charlotte Bates. 

j Charles W. 
j Florence Klla. 

Anna, h. 

Walter T.May ( DeWitt Wallace. 

\ Margaret Wallace 
Charlotte Poole, h. 
Winder K. Goldshorough ( uird shields . 

Concerning the life and death of the last named above, the 
Lafayette Courier has the following : 

Word was received last evening, by Mrs. DeWitt Wallace, announcing 
the death of her sister, Miss Sarah Plumer Shields, which occurred last even- 
ing (February 27, 1902), at five o'clock, in one of the hospitals of Indian- 
apolis. She was known to nearly every one in this city as Miss Sallie 
Shields, and resided here for over twenty years. Her death was c*aused by 
erysipelas, but for several years past, she has been in failing health. It was 
in 1899 that her health suddenly failed, and at that time she underwent a 
serious operation at the Home hospital. She was taken to a hospital in 
Indianapolis a little over a year ago, thinking that the change might do 
some good, but her strength wore away gradually, and nothing in the power 
of the best physicians could turn the tide. The news of her death comes as 
a shock, more so to those who were not intimate friends, as they did not 
know the seriousness of her condition. 

Miss Shields was born in New Albany, Indiana, sixty-one years ago, and 
was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. P. S. Shields. She and her mother came 
to this city to reside in 1877, shortly after the death of Dr. Shields. She 
was a member of the Second Presbyterian church, and was for years super- 
intendent of the infant class, and there is not a person who graduated from 
her class, that did not love and admire her. She was polished in literature, 
and was a member of the Parlor, Hill-Top, and Art clubs. 

Elizabeth Shields-Kintner — Branch Five. 

Elizabeth G. Shields was born December 14, 18 10. Jacob L. 
Kintner was born May 20, 1808. They were married December 
22, 1831. His father gave him six hundred acres of timber land 
on the Ohio river. He cleared it, built a large, fine house on it, 
and made it a lovely home, where the children were all born, 
reared and married. This was at Cedar Farm, Harrison county, 
Indiana. Mother Kintner lived to a good old age, dying in her 
eightieth year, February, 1890. Anything I might possibly say 
of this mother in Israel, would be tame, beside what has been said 


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by those who knew her. She was the mother of five children, 

named below as twigs. One of her daughters, Mrs. Anna Kint- 

ner-Moore, writes me the following tribute to her mother : 

My mother was one of the loveliest characters I have ever known. She 
was so kind, gentle and loving, so true and noble, so refined and intelligent. 
She had very poor opportunities to get an education. Yet she spelled cor- 
rectly, and wrote a clear, fine hand. She went to school three months at a 
time for two years. Her lx>oks were the Bible, Webster's speller, and a very 
crude arithmetic. She had to walk two miles, and stay at home on wash 
days. When one of her brothers was going to be married, she spun, and 

dyed, and wove the jeans 
from which she made his 
wedding suit. She was so 
skillful, could do all kinds of 
house work, a fine cook, 
dressmaker, tailoress, milli- 
ner, fancy work, embroidery, 
wonderful knitting, crochet- 
ing, wax flowers, feather 
brushes and fans, hair work; 
in fact I don't know any- 
thing my mother could not 
do and do well . Her patience 
was inexhaustible, and she 
wis neatness personified. 
Always so bright and cheer- 
ful and happy to the last day 
of her life. She lived in New 
Albany, with her brother, 
James, until her marriage, 
when she went to the farm 
where she spent her life, and 
in all that country she was 
known and greatly beloved 
for her kindness to every 
one. She was a member of 
the Presbyterian church, a 
faithful true Christian, trusting in God always to the end. 

She was a great temperance woman. I heard her tell that when she 
went onto the farm there was much intemperance among the neighbors. 
My father was going to build a barn, and gave a "barn raising." She said, 
"I am not wiling to have any strong drink for the men." Father said he 
did not think the men would like that, as it was customary to treat them on 
such occasions. "Very well," she said, "I will make a big pot of good 
coffee with plenty of rich cream and sugar, and they will have to be" satis- 
fied." So she had her way, and that was the beginning of better days in 
that community, for the men went home sober and satisfied. My father 
always said he owed his success in life to her. That she had been all the 
world to him. 

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William Henry. 

Drowned at 21. 

James P., w. 

Annie E. Montgomery.. 
Kock Haven, Ken- 
tucky. Born and reared 
on Cedar Farm. Har- 
rison county. Indiana, 
and has always lived 
on saute farm. A dem- 
ocrat. Not a church 

Acnes Mary, h. 
Edwin S. Graham, 
Graham, Texas. 


Samuel II., 1*71. w. 
Elizabeth K. Mum-hard. 

Mary R. 
Hdwin G. 
William C. 
Julia F. 
James S., 1890. 

f Elizabeth. 
e Rol>ert G., w. | Ada Blanche. 

Mary B. Burkett < Ellen S. 

Rol>ert G. 

Malcolm K. 



Elizabeth S.. h.. 1M9-1901 ( Agnes G. 

William D. Craig << M.tryC. 

( Anna C. 
Malcolm K., w. 
Maud S. Garrett I 


I*ouise G. 

Bessie, h. 

William Craig J 1. 

Edwin S. 

Anna B 

f Elizabeth G. 
Anna Lizzie, h. Mary I,ee. 

Judge Jas. Z. Moore Uawson. 

Spokane, Washington. '] Agnes K. 

I A nnal telle. 

I, Charlotte. 
Charles J., w. 
Viola B. Pack ( 


No issue. 

Agnes Mary Kiutner was bom in 1843 ; married to Edwin S. 
Graham, of Rock Haven, Kentucky, in 1865. Becoming largely 
interested in Texas' broad acres, they removed to Young county, 
Texas, where he and his brother, Gustavus, laid out a town, giv- 
ing it the name Graham. It is now the county seat, and a town 
of over 1,500 inhabitants. This has been the home of the family 
since going to Texas. Mr. Graham died several years since, but 
the mother and her family are at home in the town that bears 
their name. 

Anna Lizzie Kintner was married to James Z. Moore, June 6, 
1871. Mr. Moore was a young lawyer, of Owensboro, Kentucky, 
where they continued to reside sixteen years, when they removed 
to the far west, settling at Spokane, Washington. Here he 
entered upon an extensive law practice which continues to the 
present. He was a member of the Constitutional convention that 
framed the constitution under which the territory was admitted 
to statehood. He served two terms as Supreme Court Judge and 
one term as prosecuting attorney. 

This couple are the parents of twelve children, but half of 
whom remain to bless the parents. One, a son, was burned to 
death by the explosion of a lamp, when nearly grown. Another 


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died of congestion of the lungs, at Palo Alto, California, where 

he was attending Stanford University. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Graham-Craig, bud above, was born at Cedar 
Farm, Harrison couuty, Indiana, June 18, 1869, at which place, 
and Louisville, Kentucky, the first ten years of her life were 
spent. The family removing to Graham, Texas, the remaining 
years of her girlhood were spent there, developing into a lovely 
womanhood, winning the love and affection of all with whom she 

came in contact. 

In the fall of 

1892, the family 
removed to Spo- 
kane, Washing- 
ton, where, on 
September 27, 

1893, she was 
married to 
William Drutn- 
mond Craig, of 

Graham, Tex- 
as, a member of 
an old New 
Jersey family of 
Scotch descent. 
Settling at once 
in the home of 
her husband, 
and her girl- 
hood home, the 
remaining years 
of her life were 
spent there. 
The union proved a happy one, the home life being singularly 
free from trouble and sorrow. Three children were born to them, 
named above as blossoms. 

In January, 1901, she was taken sick with la grippe, which 
soon developed into pneumonia, and on February 9th, she passed 
away. Her whole life was beautiful and Christ-like. She was a 
joy, comfort, and honor to her parents, a loving and sympathetic 
help-mate to her husband, a wise and loving mother, and a true, 
sincere friend. 



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Mary Shieu>s-Eujot— Branch Seven. 

Mary Smith Shields was born December 25, 1814. She died 
September 30, 1885. She was united in marriage to Samuel 
Elliot, surviving him many years. She was the mother of no 

Tribute to the Shields Family. 

Remarks made by Rev. J. W. Clokey, of the First Presbyter- 
ian church, New Albany, Indiana, at the funeral of Mrs. Eliza- 
beth (Shields) Kintner, February 6, 1890: 

While we remain in the bouyancy of our youth, the dying of those 
around us makes little impression on us. So long as our own immediate 
companions are spared, we do not seem conscious that whole households and 
generations are passing away from the earth. It is later in life, when those 
who have been our own associates begin to disappear from our circles, that 
we feel and realize the changes that are taking place. Then it is that we 
grow lonely and sad, as we see that the places that have known our house- 
holds and our generations, are soon to know them no more forever. 

Fully eighty-six years ago, when there was no New Albany, Grand- 
father and Grandmother Shields crossed the Ohio, passed beyond "the 
knobs," and settled near Georgetown. Later on, their children are found in 
New Albany, where, for sixty years, they and their children are part of the 
city's life and prosperity. So numerous were they, and so largely did they 
enter into church and social life, that at the time Dr. Conn prepared a his- 
tory of the First Presbyterian church, no less than fifty or sixty members 
on the roll, were, by birth or marriage, related to the Shields family. These 
memljers were in prominent places in all the services of the church, in the 
Sabbath audiences, in the prayer meetings, Sabbath school, and socials. 
James R. Shields was an elder forty-four years, and Dr. Pleasant S. Shields, 
for thirty-eight years. 

Then the Shields name was as familiar in all parts of New Albany as the 
names of the streets are now. But what a change has taken place. In the 
cemetery, with a single exception, two generations lie buried. The grand- 
parents and every one of their childreu have gone the way of all the earth. 
In the First Church, wh. re they were once so prominent, there is but a 
single person bearing the name of Shields, and in this city, but a single family. 

Only six men are left, of the once extensive family, to tell the world by 
the family name, that the Shields household ever existed. 

Such a revolution in so short a time must cast a shadow over the hearts 
of the living, and make us feel like fame, position, or social distinctions are 
not worth spending one's life for, and that the only true motive of conduct 
is to love God and serve Him on earth. 

But there is sunshine among the shadows. These rare old people, the 
last of whom we are here to bury, are not dead. They are living as they 
have never lived before. They have already joined the assembly of the Just 
Made Perfect, and are now a part of the Cloud of Witnesses who, from alxjve, 
look down upon us who remain to complete the earthly race. They are not 

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unclothed but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 
It does not trouble them that the old name of Shields is passing away, for 
the promise is now a reality to them. "I will give him a white stone, and 
in the stone a New Name is written which no man knoweth save him that 
receiveth it." 

These godly people still live on earth ; their blood still flows in the veins 
of numerous descendants who, though not bearing the name of the original 
household, are nevertheless their children by nature and by faith. These 
descendants are now enjoying the blessings of the Christian lives and hal- 
lowed reputation of their consecrated parents. They have entered into the 
inheritance which God has promised shall flow from His pious servants to 
their children, and their children's children after them. They live, too, in 
the work they did, and the influence they always wielded for God*s glory 
and human weal. In looking back, one sees them in the vision of by-gones, 
walking with God, honoring their professions, keeping sacred the times and 
services of their holy altars. Their examples, their prayers, and their coun- 
sels have helped give a cast to New Albany, which will be a blessing to it so 
long as it shall remain a City. They still live, and always will live, in the 
underlying rock-bed of our municipal existence. They may, in name, be 
forgotten, and future generations may wonder over their resting places, and 
ask : "Who were these Shields?" But their work remains, and God, who 
holds all things in His memory, will never forget them. 

You, their relatives here to-day, should hallow the memory of these 
blessed ancestors. They have transmitted to you a spotless name ; the pages 
of their lives lie open to you without a stain. Keep your pages as clean as 
they have kept theirs, that the generations to follow you may rise up and 
call you blessed. 

In burying Elizabeth Shields-Kintner, we lay away the last of her gen- 
eration. She was a godly woman with a beautiful face, a ljeautful char- 
acter, and a beautiful life ; and you think of her now only to love her, and to 
revere her as one of God's own saintly children. Be true to the principles 
that controlled her, and when you die, the living will l>e glad to honor you, 
as to-day they are glad to honor her. 

The Good Man's Death. 

By Dell itt II 'allace. 
Suggested by the death of Dr. Pleasant S. Shields. 

As dauntless as a lion, 
As submissive as a lamb, 

As cheerful as the sunshine; 
Composed as evening's calm. 

As joyous as the skylark, 
As up to heaven it flies. 

'Tis thus the good man passes 
From this world to the skies. 

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William Nance— Limb Five. 

William Nance was born November 5, 1784, in the state of 
Virginia. Nancy Smith was born in Rockingham county, North 




If »* - 






Carolina, October 17, 1785. They were married in 1803, and 
removed soon after to Kentucky, where they remained about 
eighteen months, and then came on to Indiana territory, with his 


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father aud the rest of the family. In 1811, he was a volunteer 
under General Harrison, then governor of the territory, in his 
campaign against the Indians, and was in the noted battle of 
Tippecanoe. In 1836, he, with his family, came to Illinois, 
settling at Columbus, in Adams county. Here he died, and was 
buried, August 16, 1852. His wife survived him several years, 




dying September 24, 1867. They were faithful, earnest members 
of the Christian church. They were the parents of ten children. 

Mrs. Hiram Nance, of Los Angeles, California, writes of him : 

He died soon after our marriage, but he impressed me as a very good 
Christian man, unassuming, kind, and loved by all who knew him. 

Mrs. Martha Harber, says of him : 

There was no better man or Christian than Uncle Billy. 

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The following are named below as limbs : 

Dorothy Howard, Clement Nance, 

John Smith Nance, Marie Butler, 

William H. Nance, Mary Nance, died at 25, 

Nancy Lane, Amanda Jane Wilkinson, 

Minerva Fessenden, Hiram Nance. 

Dorothy Nance — Branch One. 

Dorothy Nance was born in March, 1805, the same month the 
family came to Indiana. She was married to Levin Howard, in 
Floyd county, December 8, 1831. Two children were born to 
them, named below as twigs, and of whom nothing is known but 
that they settled in Santa Rosa, California. After Mr. Howard's 
death, she married a Mr. Marsh, who died without issue. Later 
in life, she married Elder Ross, a minister in the Christian church 
of which she was a life long member. Their home was in Illinois, 
between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. 


William Howard. 
Santa Rosa, California. 

Jane Howard, h. 
William Smith, 
Santa California. 

Clement Nance — Branch Two. 

Clement Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, September 
14, 1808. Permelia Watson was born in New Albany, Indiana, 
December 13, 18 19. They continued to reside in this county 
until 1838, when they were married, October 14, and at once 
went to Illinois, settling at Columbus, Adams county, then the 
largest town in the county. Here Mr. Nance engaged in the 
mercantile business. They removed to Quincy, in 1850, when it 
became settled that it would become the county seat. He con- 
tinued in the mercantile business for many years. The last few 
years of his life were spent in quiet retirement, he having amassed 
a competence. He was an honored citizen of Adams county for 
forty years. He was a consistent Christian for many years, a 
member of the Christian church from early manhood. Mr. Nance 
died at Quincy, February 7, 1878, being in the seventieth year of 
his age. 

Mrs. Nance survived her husband twenty-five years, dying 
April 4, 1903, in her eighty-fourth year. She was loved by all 
who knew her. She was a life long, earnest, faithful Christian, 



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a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than sixty- 
five years. 

The author had many times heard "Aunt Permelia" spoken of 
in the most endearing terms by those who knew her, but it was 
not until in July, preceding her departure, that he had the 
pleasure of meeting her, in her own home, and forming her 
acquaintance. He then learned why so many encomiums had 
been spoken of her. We seldom meet a sweeter disposition in old 
or young, than possessed "Aunt Permelia." 

This couple were the parents of five children, those growing 
up are named below as twigs : 



r Walter Clement. 

Genevra, h. 
James Walker. 

Charles T. 



Anna, h. 

Thnrt. M, Jr.. w. 
Alice McClean 

.. J Timothy. 

Quincy, Illinois. 

Alline B. 

Isahelle N.. h. 

( Dorothy. 

Harvey C. Wellman. 

Richard N. 

Richard W., w. 

John B. 

Aurtlia P. Beebe 

Chicago, Illinois. j Helen P. 

Genevra. h. 

Benj. T. Berrian \ r*. m ...» m 

yuincy, Illinois. I Clement N. 

Mary K.. 
Quincy, Illinois. 

The above family of children were born and always lived in 
and about Quincy. The city was born with them and has grown 
as they grew. Its history is their history very largely. During 
the author's entire mature life, he has seldom seen one from 
Quincy who has not mentioned the Nances, and always in their 

Anna Nance married Thad. M. Rogers, who was prominent 
in politics and newspaper work, for a long time on the Quincy 
Whig. Was postmaster for a term of years. He died some 
years since. The family resides in a palatial home, it is said. 
The author regrets his inability to have seen this family when in 
their city. 

Genevra Nance married Judge Berrian, a prominent attorney 
and judge. They are enjoying a quiet retired life in a fiue home 
surrounded by all the comforts that wealth and station can bring, 


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but are saddened by the serious illness of their only offspring, 
Clement Nance Berrian, who, it is feared, has lung trouble. 
(This is the only Nance the author has ever heard of who was 
troubled with weak lungs.) 

Mary Nance, the remaining daughter, has spent her life in the 
service of her pareuts, having teuder solicitude for their every 
want. The author had heard her mentioned so many times as a 
dear cousin, that he was not surprised to find her possessed of one 


of the most genial natures, not for a moment neglecting the aged 
mother in all her wants, while entertaining her newly formed 

Richard \V. Nance, twig, the only son, has devoted his life to 
manufacturing interests. Bonnet & Nance were for many years 
stove manufacturers in Quincy, but a few years since, removed 
their plant to Chicago Heights, near Chicago, with an office in 
Chicago. The author has made several attempts to meet 
"Cousin Dick," but has always missed him. 

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John S. Nance — Branch Three. 

John Smith Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, Decem- 
ber 8, 1809 ; died 1890. He was united in marriage with Matilda 
Wilson Pritchett, March 22, 1832, at New Albany, Indiana. 
They moved to Adams county, Illinois, in 1848, and the next 
year the father, with his eldest son, William, joined the over-land 
rush for the newly discovered gold fields of California, arriving 
at Sacramento City, August 28, 1849. Mrs. Nance, with the 
four remaining children, going by steamer by way of the Isthmus 
and joined her husband in the fall of 1855. California has been 
the home of the family ever since. On March 22, 1882, at their 
home in Salinas City, this venerable couple celebrated their 
golden wedding, over one hundred guests being present. Seven 
children were born to bless this couple, those growing to maturity 
being given below as twigs : 





William. 1833, w. 
F.lizal>eth Martin... 
Jolon, California. 


Eugene. 1H.">8, w. 

Mary, h. 
M. k. Keep. 

Alvin P., w. 

Sarah T. Cook 

Emma, h. 
Henry Bushtiell. 


Marvin E. 

Ethel May. 
Claude A. 

Clement P. Nance. 1836, 
w., d. 

Mary Nesbitt 

San l.ucas, California. 

William, Jr. 
1 Hugh John, 1871 


Charles W. 

Matilda Jane, h. 
Albin Foster 

Annie, h. 
Frank Ablxjtt. 

Hattie. h. 
Arthur Hebron. 




Permelia, h. 
Henry Robinson .. 

f Jane. 

| William H. 

L Ktta. 

Nancy E., h. 

H. B. Howard 

( Frederick. 

{ Ida. 

1 William. 

Maria Nance Butler — Branch Four. 

Maria Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, March 8, 
1812 ; died December 9, 1896, and was buried at Spencer, Iowa. 
She was united in marriage with Harriman Butler, in county of 
birth, January 4, 1831. Spent most of their married life at and 


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near Columbus, Adams county, Illinois. After the death of her 
husband, she lived for some years at Secor, where the author 
frequently met her. They were earnest, active Christians, mem- 
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church. Six children blessed 
this union, named below as twigs : 


Nancy, h. 

Wm. R. Richardson 
Secor, Illinois. 

( See limb ten, branch two 

( for this family. 



Minerva B., h. 

Andrew Cook ( Annie Maria, d. 

Spencer, Iowa. t William H.,d. 

William, w. 

Jane Stevens 

Clayton, Illinois. 

James, w. 
Jennie Riger. 


Madison. Missouri. 









Permelia. h., 1S43-1900 

Willian Potter -, 

El Paso. Illinois. She 
was active and ener- 
getic in all she under- 
took. Mr. Potter was 
several vears her sen- 
ior, and survives her, 
in great loneliness, 
with his daughter, 
Delia, at home with 
him. This family are 
Methodists, and have 
lived in Woodford 
county all their mar- 
ried life. 

Willie Belle, h. 
Arthur G. Francis, 
Jolict, Illinois, 

Minnie Olive, h. 

Oliver Johnson 

Gentry, Arkansas. h. 


\ William Berry. 

HI Paso, Illinois. 

Gertrude Pearl, h. 
Geo. J. Mel I ugh. 
Jolly, Missouri. 


Marv. h. 

R. Hydler 

Spencer, Iowa. 





William H. Nance—Branch Five. 

Dr. William H. Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
December 24, 18 14. He was married to Susan Lane, April 14, 
1836, and the same year moved with his parents to Columbus, 
Adams county, Illinois. He studied medicine under the care of 
Dr. Stewart, of New Albany, Indiana, but did not complete a full 
course of study till after moving to Illinois. In the urgent 
demand for physicians at that time in Illinois, he entered into a 
full practice before graduating, and continued for several years, 
but in the year 1848, entered the medical department of the Uni- 

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versity of Missouri, in St. Louis, and in 1849, graduated, and 
again resumed the practice, in Vermont, Illinois, where he had 
resided some years previously. For many years he enjoyed an 
enviable reputation as a practitioner, and in. the course of his 
arduous labors, succeeded in accumulating a very comfortable 
living. Dr. Nance retired from active practice in 1862, on 
account of serious injuries received by a fall from a buggy, and 
with his family enjoyed the comforts of a retired life, after the 
heat and burdens and cares and responsibilities of an active pro- 
fessional career had disappeared in the distance. (The above was 
taken from a "History of Fulton County.") 

After his retirement, he edited a staunch republican news- 
paper, known all over Fulton county. He became a Christian 
early in life, joining the Christian church. Dr. Nance died 
October 1, 1885, in the city where he had resided continuously 
for over forty-four years, an old aud honored resident. His wife 
survived him several years. They were the parents of six chil- 
dren, those growing up are named below as twigs : 






William N., w. 

i l^ouise. 

Alvira McDonald 

< Archibald. 

Arthusa L,., h. 

Abingdon, Illinois. 

1 Veltna. 

Rdgar, w. 

f Churchill 

2nd h. Henry Hyatt, 

Frances Churchill 

. ! Dora. 

I«a Harpe, Illinois. 

Denver, Colorado. 

1 Fred, d. 

t Mary Frances. 

Charles M. 

William C. 

Henry H., w, 

May F.. 

Susannah K. Rinker .... • 

Kate I* 

Bushuell, Illinois. 

Sue R., h. 

Dr. I. C. Rink 

S . l: • 


< Josephine I«uci 

G. C. Maxwell, d 

No issue. 
William H., w. 

Albert, w. 

\ Bertha Louise. 

Denver, Colorado. 




„ Ruth. 

Mary, h. 

( Chester. 

( Andrew V., Jr. 

Gothenberg, Nebraska 

Henry Harrison Nance, M. D. f twig above, was born in 
Schuyler county, Illinois, March 4, 1841. When but three 
months old, his parents settled at Vermont, Fulton county, same 
state, where his father built up a large practice. From childhood 
he assisted his father more or less in the handling of medicines, 
and later, made many professional calls with his father, thus 
forming a liking for the healing art, as well as the gaining of 


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experience that was afterwards valuable to him. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Vermont, and upon finishing his 
schooling, became a teacher, in which occupation, though quite 
young, he was successful. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the 
service of his country, becoming a member of Company B, 84th 
Illinois infantry. He was mustered in at Quincy, and was soon 
at the front in the gallant army of the Cumberland. This enlist- 
ment also gave 
him splendid op- 
portunities for ad- 
vancement in his 
profession , as he 
went in as a hos- 
pital attendant. 
For a time he 
served as a nurse 
in the hospital in 
Quincy. He was 
then assigned to 
Bowling Green, 
Kentucky, where 
he was made hos- 
pital steward. By 
order of General 
Rosecrans, he was 
detailed to division 
headquarters on 
the staff of General 
Sherman, with 
whom he started 
on the celebrated 
march to the sea. 
After the capture 
of Atlanta, he was 
put in charge of the dispensary at- headquarters in that city. 
After the evacuation of Atlanta, he was transferred to Look Out 
Mountain, and was made assistant surgeon. He remained in this 
capacity till the close of the war. 

Soon after returning home, he entered the medical department 
of the Ann Arbor University, and graduated therefrom in March, 
1866. From school, he went to Belmont county, Ohio, and was 


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married to Miss Susannah E. Rinker, who was a native of that 
state. In the fall of this year he purchased a farm one mile south 
of Bushnell, McDonough county, Illinois. Residing on this farm 
he continued the practice of medicine for a few years, but on 
account of kidney trouble, contracted in the service, he was com- 
pelled to give up riding at the call of patients. 

He has devoted considerable time and means in making his 
farm a model, and it may be truly said that he has one of the best 
tile drained farms in the county, he being a strong advocate of 
tiling for farm purposes. He was a charter member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic post, of Bushnell, and was its first quarter- 

In 1891 he built a good residence in the city of Bushnell, and 
with his family retired from active life. 

The above facts are taken largely from "History of McDon- 
ough County." Mr. Nance and all his family are members of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been the treasurer of 
the church for many years. Also a steward. 

Nancy Nance-Lane— Branch Seven. 

Nancy Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, April 12, 
1820. She was married to Dr. Wallace Lane, in same county, 
May 25, 1834, being but a month past fourteen, while the doctor 
was but twenty-one. In 1836, they removed to Adams county, 
Illinois, and later to Independence, Indiana, where his country 
practice was too much for his frail constitution, he dying, June, 

Four children were born to this uniou, the first dying in 
infancy. The mother was left a widow at twenty-two, with three 
children, and three hundred miles from her parents. She returned 
to them at Quincy, Illinois, "making the tiresome journey of ten 
days in a carriage, many days not seeing a house on the way.*' 

After living with her parents four years, she, in 1846, married 
Joel H. Rynerson. To this union there were ten children born, 
but three growing to maturity. Mr. Rynerson was a kind and 
loving husband. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, 
serving eighteen months. He died in 1890. 

Nancy became a Christian at the age of twelve, joining the 

* Christian church. She has remained in its communion, except 

when living where there was no congregation, in which case she 

has worshipped with the Congregational church. She is now 

Hyatt. 1891. 
Josephine E. 
John C. 
James R., 1900. 

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residing at Tecumseh, Kansas, and is in her eighty-fourth year. 
She is one of the remaining five limbs, there being but one older, 
Wiley Burton, who is past eighty-four. 

Of her fourteen children, but six grew to maturity, named 
below as twigs. She writes : 

My life has been a checkered one, full of sad disappointments ; not 
many flowers, plenty of thorns, but God has been with me and given me 
strength all along the right way. 


Anna I«ane. h.. 1837. d. I 

Montgomery Parker.... J william d 

Josephine Eliza I«ane, h. 

Henry Hvatt ( Anna, h. 1870 

I^a Harpe. Illinois. { J. R. Caldwell 

Maria Uine, h.. 1842. d. 

Henry King j Harry, w. 

J Mary W. Whiting f Albia. 

Francis M. Rynerson, - ( Harry. 

w., IK."* 
Mary Adams J Fra|jk 

( Place. 

2nd w. Hettie Place < Clara. 

Portland, Oregon. ( Kate. 

Wallace M., w.,1859 

S" Missouri: { B»»»Jo«phl-e. 

Robert F... w.. 1861 • 

Ella Campbell f Wallace 

Tecumseh, Kansas. [ waiiace. 

Wallace Moultrie Rynerson, twig, was born at Pontoosie, 

Hancock county, Illinois, June i, 1859. Up to the time young 
Wallace was fifteen, his parents had moved to the following places, 
consecutively, viz.: Dallas, Illinois; La Harpe, Illinois; Big 
Springs, Kansas; Osage City, Kansas; Pilot Grove, Missouri, and 
in 1874, to Breckeuridge, Missouri. In 1871, young Wallace 
had gone to live with his half sister, Anna Lane Parker, at 
Quincy, Illinois. Here he remained in school until June, 1874. 
Then returning to his parents at Breckenridge, Missouri, he com- 
pleted his schooling there, and taught three terms. 

While at school and while teaching, he had made a specialty 
of civil engineering. Leaving home, he went to Utah, and 
engaged in the construction of the Denver aud Rio Grande West- 
ern railway, locating this road from Salina, south to Richfield, 
and from the summit of the Wasateh Mountains to the Colorado 
line. From this road he went to the Canadian Pacific railway, in 
British Columbia, and located the railroad from the summit of the 
main range of the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia river, and 

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from the foot hills on the east slope to Fort Calgary. From this 
road he went to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railway, in 
Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, in 1884, remaining with this com- 
pany as locating and construction engineer, until 1887, when he 
gave up railroading and engaged in the manufacture of press 
brick and the sale of building materials, at Topeka, Kansas. He 
remained here until 1898, when he removed to Kansas City, 
Missouri, where he engaged in the building supply business on 
his own account. He says that in this business he has met with 
greater success than he expected or deserves. 

He was married in Chicago, in 1894, an ^ uas one daughter, as 
per table above. 

Dr. Hiram Nance — Branch Eight. 

Hiram Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, September 
23, 1822. He began his academic education at New Albany, 
Indiana, and in 1836, with his parents, removed to Adams county, 
Illinois, settling at Columbus, where he finished his academic 
education. He studied medicine in the University of Missouri, 
St. Louis, graduating in 1847. After practicing medicine in 
Lafayette, Stark county, for fifteen years, he, in i860, settled in 
Kewanee, but a few miles distaut, where he continued to reside 
during life. From his large practice, assisted by wise invest- 
ments in real estate, he amassed a large fortune, for one living in 
a town the size of Kewanee, and starting with nothing, as he did. 

Dr. Nance made a splendid record, both as a physician and 
surgeon ; was a member of the American Association and the 
State Medical Society, and was one of the originators of the 
Military Tract Medical Society, and its second president. 

Sarah R. Smith was born in Batavia, Clermont county, Ohio, 
December 13, 1826. Her parents were of New England birth, 
but immigrated to Ohio in the early days, and who died in Illi- 
nois. She was the sister of Judge Arthur A. Smith, who was for 
many years circuit judge of the Galesburg district. She was edu- 
cated at Knox college, Galesburg, Illinois. 

They were married April 29, 1847. They were the parents of 
twelve children, those growing to maturity being named below as 

Dr. Nance died of pneumonia, April 6, 1886, and in the sixty- 
fourth year of his age. He died at Kewanee, where he had lived 
and practiced his profession for twenty-six years, mourned by a 
large circle of friends. 


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Few men have made the success in life attained by him, in so 
short a time. He became a Christian in early life, uniting with 
the Christian church. There being no church of his choice at 
Kewanee, at the time, he gave liberally to the Congregational, 
the church to which some of his family became attached, but him- 
self remaiued true to the faith of his fathers. The author visited 
the palatial home of this interesting family in Kewanee, several 
times, enjoying the old time hospitality of the father, mother, and 


daughters. The grown sons were always from home, while the 
younger ones were as full of mischief as an egg shell is of meat. 
Mrs. Nance passed peacefully to rest at the home of her son, 
Dr. H. Irving Nance, at L,os Angeles, California, January 8, 
1904, having just entered her seventy-eighth year. Among many 
other complimentary things, the Kewanee Star-Courier has the 
following : 

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Mrs. Nance spent last summer in Kewanee and vicinity, visiting her 
children. Leaving Kewanee at the close of the summer, she visited her son, 
Dr. Willis O. Nance, in Chicago, and then went to Nebraska, where she 
visited her daughter, Belle Castle, and son, Roswell. There she was joined 
hy her son, Charles, of Los Angeles, and together they returned to California. 

Few persons were so widely known here as Mrs. Nance, among the older 
residents. For years the famil) has been conspicuously identified with 
Kewanee, and besides this, Mrs. Nance, by her own gracious personality, 
marked by kindness, charity, and benevolence, has inscribed her name on 


the tablets of memory. Her passing means the close of a life of a good 
woman. In the circle of immediate relatives, the loss suffered by her death 
is irreparable. She held the affection of all, in manner little short of 
remarkable, and as a mother and grandmother, filled a place which was 
brightly illuminated by the spirit of love and sacrifice. Dr. and Mrs. Nance 
made their home at Lafayette alwut thirteen years, moving to Kewanee in 
i860. From that time until his death. Dr. Nance was one of the best known 
men in Kewanee, and his reputation as a physician extended over all this 
part of the state. After his death, Mrs. Nance continued her residence here 


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until 1901, when the condition of her health made it wise to seek a warmer 
climate, and she moved to Ix>s Angeles, where some of her children had 
already taken up their residence. 

Mrs. Nance was prominently identified with church and charitable work 
during her residence in Kewanee, and retained her interest in efforts in this 
direction, here, even after moving to California. For many years she was an 
active member of the Congregational church of the city, giving freely of her 
energy and means to the promotion of the aims of the church. Her char- 
ities were large and unostentatious. 


Albums, w. 

Sarah White 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Adella N.. h. 

C. A. Shilton 

Kewanee, Illinois. 

Dr. Hiram Irving, w. 

Sarah Mann 

I«os Angeles, Cat. 

Sarah Belle, h. 

Geo. II. Castle, d 

Wymote, Nebraska. 

Koswell S., w. 

Lottie Russell 

Chicago, Illinois. 


( Helen M.,h. 

-! Walter 1,. Anderson, 

( I.incoln, Nebraska. 

Paul A. 
Carlyle N. 
Grace S. 
Blanche B. 
Karl A. 

Forest M. 
Hiram I. 
Edward K. 

Claude K. 

Corliss N. 
l.ouise M. 




Zub M. 
Clyde H. 


2nd w. Abby Day... -J Ruby. 

Dr. Rov. w. 

Marion Baker j Marie Kugene, 12-14 1887 

Los Angeles, Cal. ( Richard Roy, 2-14-1890. 

Daisy A. 

Burton F., w. 

F>-a Cowden ,. . 

Galva, Illinois. 

Charles H..w. 
Hattie I«al>ow, 
Los Angeles, Cal. 

Dr. Willis Orville. w. 

Zelma Arter I Willis D. 

Chicago, Illinois. | Clement A. 

Albinus Nance, twig, was born at Lafayette, Stark county, 
Illinois, March 30, 1848. He was educated in the public schools 
of Kewanee, not far from the place of his birth, until at the age 
of sixteen, when he enlisted in the 9th Illinois calvary, and 
served until the close of the war of the rebellion. He participated 
in the following battles : Hurricane Creek, Guntown, Columbia 
(Tennessee), Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville. In the last 
mentioned battle he was slightly wounded. When the war was 
over, Albinus became a student at Knox college, Galesburg, Illi- 
nois, taking a part of the classical course. He then studied law, 
and in 1870 was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of 

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In 1 87 1 he went to Nebraska, taking up a homestead in Polk 
county. He divided his time between farming and the practice 
of law for a time, but soon gave up farming for the more lucra- 
tive law practice, in connection with which he established a large 
real estate business. 

In 1874 he was nominated by the republicans for the state 
legislature, and in due time was elected. This was the beginning 
of a remarkable series of political victories. 


Kx-Governor of Nebrnnlca. 

In 1876 he was chairman of the state delegation to the 
National Republican Convention, in Cincinnati. He was renomi- 
nated that year for the legislature and re-elected without oppo- 
sition. When the legislature convened in January, 1877, he was 
elected speaker of the house. The splendid record he made as a 


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presiding officer, prepared the way for future honors. In 1878 
he was elected governor of the state, when but thirty years of 
age. His administration was so acceptable to the people that he 
was renominated in 1880, by acclamation, and was re-elected by 
an overwhelming majority. The distinguishing feature of his 
administration was an unassuming but inflexible determination to 

execute the 
laws with fidel- 
ity to the best 
interests of the 
people of Ne- 
\ braska. 

At the close 
of his second 
term as gover- 
nor, he came 
very nearly be- 
ing elected to 
the United 
States senate, 
and but for his 
being attorney 
for the Union 
Pacific railroad, 
he would have 
won out. It 
was unfortun- 
ate for h i m 
that his candi- 
dacy came at a 
time when the 
western states 
"had it in" for 
the railroads 
and their attor- 
For a number of years after vacating the governor's chair, 
Albinus engaged in the banking business, owning large interests 
in several banks. He retired from active business life some years 
since, having amassed a competence. His home is still in Lincoln, 
Nebraska, but he spends much of his time in Chicago. Albiuus 


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has taken several trips to Europe, once taking his mother and 
once his daughter with him. 

Much of the above has been culled from a work, " Public Men 
of To-day," 1884. 

The author spent a very pleasant day with Cousin Albinus, 
while he was governor, both in the state house and in the execu- 
tive mansion. 

September 30, 1875, Albinus was married to Miss Sarah 


White, of Farigut, Iowa. One child, Helen, was born to bless 
this union. She was recently married in Chicago, to Mr. W. L. 
Anderson, of Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Hiram Irving Nance graduated at Rush Medical college, 
Chicago. He first settled in Creston, Iowa, where he practiced 


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medicine a number of years, also looking after some farm inter- 
ests he had near by. The author first met Irving here, and was 
delighted with his open heartedness. It is enough to say he is 
a regular Nance. Associations with him in Chicago, years later, 
only strengthened the admiration for the man. From Creston he 
came to Chicago, and practiced his profession for five years, 
loaning money as a kind of pastime. In 1897 ne *°°k his family 






















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to California for a few years, locating finally at Los Angeles, 
where they still reside. He practices little now, having been very 
successful financially, he does not care to practice medicine much. 
Dr. and Mrs. Nance have a family of four very interesting boys, 
who, five years ago, appeared to give promise of a superabund- 
ance of brain power, as well as large and compact forms like their 

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I b'en down in ole Kentucky 

Fur a week er two, an' say, 
Twuz as hard ez breakin' oxen 

Fur to tear myse'f away. 
Alus argerin' 'bout fren'ship 

An yer hospitality — 
Y'ain't no right to talk about it 

Tell you b'en down there to see. 

a Visit. 

See jest how they give yon welcome 

To the best that's in the land. 
Feel the sort o' grip they give yon. 

When they take you by the hand. 
Here'eni say ."We're glad to have you 

Better stay er week or two," 
An' the way they treat you makes you 

Feel that ev'ry word is true. 


Feed you till you hear the buttons 

Crackin' on yer Sunday vest ; 
Haul you , roun' to see the wonders 

Tell you have to cry for rest ; 
Drink yer health an' pet an' praise you 

Tell you git to feel ez great 
Ez the sheriff o' the county 

Er the gov'ner o* the state. 

Wife, she zez I must be crazy 

'Cause I go on so, an* Nelse 
He 'lows, "Goodness gracious, daddy 

Can't you talk 'bout nuthin* else? •• 
Veil, pleg-gone it, I'm jes' tickled; 

Bein' tickled ain't no sin ; 
I be'n down in ole Kentucky 

An' I want to go ag'in. 

— Paul Dunbar. 


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Roswell Smith Nance, twig above, was born in Lafayette, 
Stark county, Illinois, March 9, 1858. Two years later the 
family moved to Kewanee, Illinois, a few miles away, where he 
spent his school days until the fall of 1878, when he located in 
Jefferson county, Nebraska, and engaged in stock raising and 
farming, in which business he always took a particular interest. 

In 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Videtta Russell. 

rosWeu. s. nance 


Of this union two children were born. The wife died in 1884. 
He was married to Miss Abbie Day, at Kewanee, January 15, 
1885. One child was born to this union. In 1892 the family 
moved to Chicago, remaining there until March, 1903, when 
Roswell's longing for the free and open life on the prairies, over- 
came him again, and the family, with the exception of the two 


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older children, who have positions in Chicago, moved to and are 
living at Superior, Nebraska, where three miles out he has one of 
the best located stock and alfalfa ranches in the west. 

Dr. Roy Nance was born in Kewanee, Henry county, Illi- 
nois. May 23, 1862. At the age of sixteen, he began teaching 
school in the country near his home, and continued this for two 
years. He afterwards attended Knox college, at Galesburg, Illi- 




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nois. Deciding upon dentistry as a profession, he went to Ann 
Arbor, Michigan, to fit himself for his chosen work. Locating at 
Shenandoah, Iowa, he practiced his profession for five years. His 
eyes troubling him, upon the advice of his father and other 
physicians, he was compelled to give up the work and engage in 
out door pursuits. At this time he met Miss Marion A. Baker, 

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daughter of Calvin Baker, inventor of "Baker's National Truss 
Bridge/ ' and a great granddaughter of Captian Charles Baker, 
who gained fame in the war of the Revolution. They were mar- 
ried January 3, 1887. They removed to L,os Angeles, California, 
the following November. 

The doctor is a great lover of nature and travel, having visited 
many lands, including Europe, Africa, Brazil, Argentine, etc. 


Burton Fred Nance is a prosperous farmer near Galva, Illinois, 
near the place of his birth. It is said his farm is a model, his 
residence and barns being supplied with all the modern city con- 
veniences. Burt has been eminently successful in his chosen 
work, and is considered an authority in his business throughout 
the section of the state in which he resides. He has hosts of 


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Charles Holland Nance was born at Kewanee, Illinois, Jan- 
uary 5, 1868. He graduated at Kewanee, Illinois, high school, in 
1885 ; continued his studies at the University of Illinois, at 
Champaign, and completed the course in pharmacy, graduating 
at the Northwestern University, at Chicago. 

Mr. Nance early sought the west, and entered the employ of the 
State Loan and Trust Company, of Ogallala, Nebraska, afterwards 


becoming assistant cashier to that institution. In 1890, he made 
an extensive tour, lasting nearly a year, and in which he made a 
complete circuit of the globe. In 1892 he located in Utah, where 
he engaged in the drug business and banking. On January I, 
1893, he was elected cashier of the First National Bank, of Logan, 
Utah, at that time being under twenty-five years of age, and one 
of the youngest cashiers of a National bank in the country. In 

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1895 he went to Los Angeles, California, his present residence, 
where he has, since 1897, been engaged in the drug business. 
Mr. Nance was married February 5, 1896, at Los Angeles, to 
Miss Hattie LaDow, only daughter of Stephen M. and Harriet N. 
(Dorman) LaDow, California pioneers of '49, and old and favor- 
ably known residents of Los Angeles county. 

Dr. Willis Orville Nance, whose likeness appears herewith, 
the youngest of the family, was born in the year 1871. He 
studied medicine at 
Ann Arbor Uni- 
versity, Rush Med- 
ical college, Chi- 
cago, and Bellevue 
Hospital, New York 
City. He began at 
once the practice of 
his profession in 
Englevvood, Chi- 
cago, which he con- 
tinued a few years, 
when he went 
abroad for two 
years, taking special 
courses under the 
leading specialists 
in London, Paris, 
Berlin, and Vienna. 
Returning to 
Chicago, he bought 
a home on the south 
side, near the Uni- 
, versity of Chicago, 
opened an office 
down town as a 

specialist in the treatment of the eye, ear, nose, and throat. For 
a young man he is proving himself eminently successful in his 

For a number of years he has held the chair of eye diseases in 
the Chicago Clinical School, and is attending eye and ear surgeon 
at the Cook County Hospital, and assistant surgeon at the Illinois 
State Eye and Ear Infirmary. The doctor returned to Europe in 


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1902, for a short course. His office is at 100 State street. He is 
secretary-treasurer of the Western Alumni Association of the 
University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College. 

Before going to Kurope on his first trip, he married one of 
Englewood's most charming and accomplished daughters, in the 
person of Miss Zelma Arter, who accompanied him on his two 
years trip abroad. 

The doctor is a very young man for the prominence he has 
attained, and bids fair to round out a successful career in his 
chosen profession. As will be noticed in the table above, he has 
named his second son, Clement, in honor of our ancestral head. 

I will say here that in the preparation of the matter for this 
work, it seemed to me that the end might not come in my day, so 
I arranged that should I be called hence before the consummation 
of this, my pet scheme of life, the manuscript should be placed in 
Cousin Willis' hands, as I believe he would be the most likely to 
carry the matter to completion. 

Am\nda Jank Nance-Wilkinson— Branch Nine. 

Ama**da Jane Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, Jan- 
uary 26, 1825, and died at La Harpe, Illinois, August 3, 1901. 
She came to Illinois with her parents, in 1836. She was married 
to John Wilkinson, December 17, 1849. L,a Harpe has ever been 
the family home, where the husband died in 1893. From her 
obituary I glean the following : 

Her nature was kindly and considerate always, and her work was most 
charitable and benevolent. It was always done in a Christian spirit. She 
was a member of the Christian church, joining that body in her early life, 
and was a charter member of the La Harpe organization. Her life has 
always been consistent with the professions she made. Her home has been 
hospitable, and the stranger found food and shelter with never a question as 
to worthiness; that present needs demand her attention was sufficient to 
enlist her sympathies and help. Hers has been a life of usefulness, and a 
life of devotion to her family and friends ; a life of right living. 

(John Wilkinson's first wife was Mary Ann Nance, daughter 
of "Uncle Giles," and therefore a cousin of the second wife.) 

Eleven children were born to this union, those surviving the 
mother are named below as twigs : 

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Minerva Nance — Branch Ten. 






Belle, h. 

' Nellie, h. 

k Truman. 


Ifi Harpe, Illinois. 

Fred A., w. ( Maud. 
Ua Harpe, Illinois. , C Ruth - 


Hiram Irving. 
Kewanee, Illinois. 

Mary If., 
Kewanee, Illinois. 



Minerva Nance was born about 1827. Married Henry Fessen- 
den. Five children were born to this nnion, those growing np 
are named below as twigs. Nothing more is known of this family. 



Km inn. h. 

Burrows. . 

2nd h. Pixley. 

{ Mi 


Angie. h. f Gertrude, h. 

Jos. Sterling J Peter McHetrick. 


Eva, h., d. 
Joseph Swift 






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Nancy May Oatman — Limb Six. 

Nancy May Nance was born in Virginia, March 22, 1786. 
She d ; ed in Texas, in 1864. Elder John Oatman was born in 
Kentucky, July 14, 1787. He died in Texas, in 1875. They 

were married in Floyd 
county, Indiana, December 
18, 1806. John Oatman 
was the son of Joseph Oat- 
man, the old ferryman 
who "jumped" the claim of 
our ancestral head as related 
on page twelve. The names 
of the brothers and sisters, 
as given in the will of the 
father, were, Elizabeth 
Beverly Hurst, John, 
George, Susanna, Jesse, 
Peggy, and Julia Ann. 
John was named in the will 
as executor, and took out 
letters of probate, June 8, 
18 1 2, at Cory don, Harrison 
county. This was before 
the formation of Floyd 
county. John received by 
will, 130 acres of the afore- 
said jumped claim. 

After residing about 
New Albany until 1820, they removed to the west central portion 
of the state, on a farm, some say near Green Castle, Putnam 
county, some say near Crawfordsville, Montgomery county, and 
others, at Rockville, Parke coun f y. In 1828 they removed to 
Illinois, settling at Walnut Grove, now Eureka. The govern- 


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ment lands had not been surveyed as yet. But one claim had 
been "squatted" upon, that where the city of Eureka now stands. 
The next claim was laid by Father Oatman, just north of the 
former, and on both sides of the street running north of the town. 
His claim ran to the present streets or roads, one running to the 
northeast and the other to the northwest. Between these roads, 
Thomas Deweese took his claim, and other members of the family, 
as per ages, mostly, took claims to the north westward. The 
streets as now used were laid out by the Oatmans, with the agree- 
ment that when the lands were surveyed, each should deed to the 
others, the parts lying across either road from the main land. 
These borders have never been changed. 

The present Christian church at Eureka was organized in the 
cabin of Elder Oatman, in April, 1832, as the Walnut Grove 
Church of Christ. Themselves and five of their children, viz.: 
Eliza, Clement, Joseph, Jesse, and Hardin, comprising seven of 
the thirteeu charter members. John Oatman was their elder and 

The family removed to Dundee, Illinois, in 1835, but after a 
few years, all but Joseph and Jesse, moved south, settling in 
Missouri and Texas. Father Oatman and his sons, John, William, 
and Pleasant, were large stoekraisers and dealers in Bastrop, and 
later, Llano county, for many years after settling in Texas. 

Elder Oatman was formerly a Presbyterian, but himself and 
wife accepted the teachings of Alexander Campbell and his coagi- 
tors very early, even before they became a separate body, and 
ceased not during a long life to declare the same. He was a great 
preacher. He will have many stars of rejoicing iu his crown. 
He was an active minister of the gospel for forty years, always 
refusing remuneration for his services. Who can tell how much 
of the credit of the great work of the Eureka church and college, 
as told in the introduction, is due to Father and Mother Oatman, 
as the instigators and organizers of the church in their cabin ? 
Eternity aloi.e can tell. 

Aunt Naucy assisted her husband in the preparation of his 
sermons, as well as in all his other work. She was a great stu- 
dent of the Bible, great to advise the young how to do, how to 
live and how to be good. She was fluent in quoting scripture. 
"Search the scriptures for they are they which testify of me," 
etc. , was a favorite passage with her. It is said her sons often spoke 
of her, even before her death, as "Mother Saint." Mrs. Merica 
Oatman, widow of Pleasant Oatman, writes of her as follows: 

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Mother Oatnian was such a wonderful woman. I wish I could give you 
something of a history of her lovely life. I was married to her youngest 
son, in 1851, and lived in close communion with her as long as she lived. 
She was a statesman and a historian. She could relate whole books she had 
read in her maidenhood. She and her father were present at a great tent 
meeting in Kentucky, when so many prominent Presbyterians broke away 
and declared against creeds and dogmas, and it was so interesting to hear 
her tell of the great sensation it caused. God answered my prayer when he 
put me under Mother Oatman's tutorship, who taught me to study the scrip- 
tures and l)e obedient to the commands. 

Mother never had a picture taken, but she so much resembled General 
Washington, that my eldest child, Villitta, in her childhood, would always 
exclaim when shown his picture, "That is my grandma." 

The first five of their children were born within a period of 
two years, four months, and fourteen days. The mother used to 
console her husband by quoting Solomon : "Many children are 
a great blessing." And so it proved to them, for there were no 
drunkards, thieves, or depraved among her twelve sons. Sixteen 
children were born to this couple, thirteen growing to maturity. 
They are named below as branches : 

America Dewees, ) ^ e . 

T*i- ou- 1 j f Twins. Simeon, 

Eliza Shields, ) ' 

Clement, ) « . T 

T u 1 Twins. Jesse, 

Joseph, j J  

Hardin, Preston, died young. 

John, Theresa, died young. 

James R., Ira, 

George, died young. Mary Ann Stevens, 

William, Pleasant S. 

America Oatman — Branch One. 

America Oatman, twin of Eliza, was born in Floyd county, 
Indiana, October 26, 1807. She was married to Thomas Dewees 
early in life. They lived consecutively at Green Castle, Indiana; 
Walnut Grove, Illinois; Dundee, Illinois, and Sequin, Texas. 
The author has been unable to gain any additional information 
of this family. The prominence of their children indicate 
intellectuality in the parents. Twelve children were born to this 
union, named below as twigs : 

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David, w., d. 


John O., w., d. 

Annie Irvin 

San Antonio, Texas. 

Ann Kliza. h. 
Carroll Billingsley..., 
Seguin, Texas. 

Mary, h. 

Benj. George , 


J America, d. 

Alice, h., 1873 

Hal Howard 

Floresville, Texas. 

' John O. 
William T. 

Thomas D., w. 

John O. 

Oscar, w., d. 
Mary Billings. 


{John D. 
Henry Lee. 
Floresville, Tex. 

La n tie. 
6 others. 


William, w. 

Nellie Stewart 

San Autonio, Texas. 

Lee, h. 

Frank Wassenick 

Floresville, Texas. 

Jordon. w. 
H. S. Churchill, 
San Antonio, Texas. 

Henry, w. 

Pearl, h. 


Lessie Lee. 

Nancy F.llen. h.. d. 

Win. Crandall 

Alexandria, Louisiana. 

Mariana, d. 

Krick, 1885. 

Josie, h. 

John Y. Ferguson 

Alexandria, Louisiana. 

Jennie, h., d. 

Chas. Weems 

Louisiana, Texas. 

j 1 child. 

Thomas, w. 
Ellen Tomb, d. 

2nd w. Kate Ham, 
San Antonio, Texas. 

Isaac, d. 

Ira Adelbert, w., 1847 

Georgia Kerr 

Alpine, Texas. 

William w 

Floresville, Texas. 

F.dward, w. 
Rose Herr. 
Floresville, Texas. 

Oscar, w. 
Myrtle Richell. 
Indian Territory. 

1 Ola. h., 1875 
Waldo Beckly. 

Georgia Ira, d. 
Charles, 1885 

San Antonio, Texas. 
Clarabel, 1887. 
Katie Graves, 1890. 

f John Win., d. 

Robt. Adelbert, w. 

Margaret Long, d.. 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Josie, h. 

John T. 

f Nennie. 
3 others. 

•j 3 children. 

I Adelbert Long. 
I Carroll Fontaine. 

Martina, h, 
William Irvin .... 
Cotulla, Texas. 

I^ee, died at 18. 

( Jordon. w.. 1871 

Edna Barton 

Cotulla, Texas. 


Mabel, h , 

; Clare. 


5 children. 

{ 1 dead. 



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Euza Oatm an— Branch Two. 


Eliza Oatman, twin to America, was born in Floyd county, 
Indiana, October 26, 1807. She died at Dundee, Illinois, in 1888. 
She was married to Thomas Shields, who died young. She was 
the mother of no children. She lived many years a widow. 
Family ties were strong in her, as were those that bound her to 
her Savior. 

Simeon Oatman — Branch Three. 

Simeon Oatman was born in Floyd county, Indiana, April 27, 
1809. He studied medicine in Dundee, Illinois, and Rush Medi- 
cal college, Chicago. He married, settled, practiced, and died in 
Missouri, early in life. His wife was Margaret Mattlock. Four 
children blessed this union, named below as twigs : 



f Edward J. 


Minerva, h. 


William Ward \ 


South Haven, Kansas. 

Minnie, h. 
, Proaaer. 

' Glenn, w. 


I.illa Kingsbury 


Cottonwood, Kansas. 

Alice. • 

Sarah Ellen, h , d. 

Edward, Jr. 

Edward O'Brien , 

Chicago, Illinois. 
Hattie B., h.. d. 


A. M. Wheeler 

1 Harry I. 

| Roger N. 


Eleanor Rae, h. 

New York City. 

George Oatman, d. 

John M. Oatman, d. 


Clement Oatman — Branch Four. 

Clement Oatman was born in Floyd county, Indiana, March 
10, 1810, a twin to Joseph. To his first .wife, Lockey, were born 
three children, named below as twigs. The secoud wife was 
Eliza Holbrook. She had no children. After burying both 
wives he became a minister in the Christian church. 

Clement Oatman was a volunteer in a McLean county, Illinois, 
company engaged in the Black Hawk War, who were at the battle 
of "Stillnian's Defeat." He was one 01 twelve men who were 
present at the muster out after two months service. They were 
mustered out at the mouth of Fox river, May 27, 1832. They 
were called mounted volunteers. 


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Tempie J. l/>ckey. 
Huge nia Ben Gleson. 

Benjamin, w,, d. 

Peyton, w. 


Mary I«ee, h. 

John lianty. 

Jane, <L 

Samuel, d. 


LocVey Ann, h. 

| Alonzo. 
i George. 

Joseph Oatman— Branch Five. 

Joseph Oatman, twin to Clement, was born in Floyd county, 
Indiana, March 10, 1810. He came to Illinois in the year 1828, 
settling at Walnut Grove, as is related in the history of his father. 
Like all the grown members of the family, he settled on govern- 
ment land, his section falliug in the north edge of the grove and 
to the west of the older members of the family. He and his 
brother, Jesse, built a log house in common, which they sold with 
their claim to James Mitchell, about 1834. This cabin was a sub- 
stantial one, and still remains, or did a few years ago, when 
William Mitchell pointed it out to the author. The first post- 
office that was established at the grove, was kept in this cabin, 
aud James Mitchell was the postmaster. While residing here, 
Joseph married Polly Ann Wyatt. Their first child was born here. 

In 1835 the Oatman family removed from Walnut Grove, and 
settled in Kane and Cook counties, as is related elsewhere. As 
is stated elsewhere, Joseph was a charter member of the Walnut 
Grove Christian church, established in his father's cabin in 1832. 
Whether he made confession of his faith at this time, or prev- 
iously, is not stated. He was ever after, a faithful Christian. 
He was very devoted in his religion, and delighted to talk on the 
subject. He was very fond of his family, and was wont to gather 
his children upon his knees of evenings, and sing to them and 
tell and teach them Bible stories. 

Joseph Oatman was square built, medium statue, thick set, 
broad shouldered, with black, curly hair, sandy beard, gray eyes, 
aud a broad, white forehead. Socially he was genial, often even 
jolly, and much given to telling stories. He had a good mind 
aud was wont to think independently. He was positive in his 
couvictions and not easily turned. 

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He took much interest in local politics and was a leader of 
men. Almost any office in the gift of his friends could have been 
his, but he persistently refused all political office of every kind, 
saying that his interest went no further than to see that the right 
prevailed. That he enjoyed the contest may also be believed, for 
he was quite combative and keenly enjoyed an argument. He 
would probably have made a fine lawyer. He was a crack shot 
with the rifle or musket, and often brought down a deer or other 
game that furnished meat for his family and his neighbors. For 
a number of years he suffered declining health under a complica- 
tion of liver and kidney affections, and at the age of forty-one, 
the end came. He told his family of a beautiful spot near the 
house on the farm where he wanted to be buried, so as to be con- 
stantly near them, "where," he said, "the flowers will bloom and 
the birds sing." It is but just to say that in all his life's work 
he was heartily seconded by his faithful wife, whose unselfish 
devotion to her family knew no bounds. She survived her hus- 
band two years, dying in 1853, leaving five orphan children from 
five to nineteen years of age. They were the parents of seven 
children, those growing to maturity are named below as twigs: 


Candace K., h.. d. 
Kilcy Crawford, d. 

Nancy M , h. 
Rev. N. J. Ayleaworth, . 
Auburn, New York. 

Many Ann, h. 
Chas. Howard. 1839-1902. 
Dundee, Illinois. 

Helen A., h. 
Myron Blood.... 
Rowley, Iowa. 


Fred H.. w. Dickey 

River Falls, Wisconsin 


Carrie, h. 

French llaird 

llerlel, Wisconsin. 

I.illie. h. 
Dewitt Kidder. 

Frank, w. 
(_ Maud Uovell... 


f I.illie May. 
Frank H. 



ieor^je I* 
thel P. 

Helen Ann. h. 
Chas. Morse. 
Corning, California. 

Ruth I... h. 

Jas. B. Macbeth 

John William, w. 
Delia Head 

I All>ert V. 
i Arthur M. 
( Vernon C. 

{Florence M. 
Hazel A. 

J Bertha M. 
» Meta F. 

j Helen May. 

I Marian I<orena. 


Harold P. 

No issue. 

Belle, h. 

l.yman lira man. 

Klvira V.. h. 

ChMincy Pnrmley 1 N  

Present tHistiuaater, } no ' uc 

Dundee, IliinoU. 

Harriett h. 

Chas. Tiipp 

Montezuma, Iowa. 




\ Gladdis. 
"♦ lone. 


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Nancy Margaret Oatman was born January 15, 1837, on ner 
father's farm, near Elgin. Her girlhood was spent there, and 
there she attended the district schools, supplemented by a few 
terms in Dundee academy. In her early teens her parents died. 
After this breaking up of the family home, the children went to 
live with their mother's relatives, near Bloomington, Illinois, and 
Nancy M. spent some time at the Major Female college, of Bloom- 
ing. She then began to teach in the district schools, and con- 
tinued to teach 
more or less from 
then until her 
marriage. After 
spending three 
years in the 
region of Bloom- 
ington, she re- 
turned to the 
vicinity of her 
old home, near 
Elgin, and made 
her home in the 
family of David 
Hammond , a 
devoted friend 
of her father. 
While engaged 
as teacher of the 
graded school of 
Barrington, near 
by, she became 
acquainted with 
her present hus- 
band, and they 
were married by Dr. Robert Boyd, pastor of the Edina Place 
Baptist church, Chicago, March 14, 1863. 

The prolonged illness of her husband has laid on the subject 
of this sketch many severe trials and burdens, which she has 
borne with fortitude, and that hopefulness of spirit so essential to 
keeping the heart whole in the midst of life's trials. 

In her early womanhood she entered upon the religious life 
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took membership with the Disciples of Christ, and has ever con- 
tinued a devoted follower of the Master. 

Nicholas John Aylsworth was born on a farm in the township 
of Cuba, Lake county, Illinois, January 15, 1843, °f John and 
Ann Frances Aylsworth. His early schooling was that of the 
rude district schools of the time, until in his thirteenth and four- 
teenth year, he enjoyed a few months of academic instruction. 
When he was fifteen years of age he taught his first school, a 

district school of 
three months. 
and continued 
thereafter to 
teach more or 
less until his 
graduation from 

At the age of 
seventeen, he 
entered Chicago 
University, and 
was soon ad- 
vanced to the 
second college 
year. He grad- 
uated from this 
institution in 
1863, at the age 
of twenty, re- 
ceiving the de- 
gree of A. B., 
to which was 
added t h ree 
years later that of A. M. About the time of his graduation he 
married Nancy Margaret Oatman, named above. In the fall of 
1863, he became principal of an academic school at Barrington, 
Cook county, Illinois, but after eighteen months teaching, declin- 
ing health compelled him to abandon the school room. He then 
read medicine and ministered to the spiritual needs of a little 
Christian church located in that place. Before graduating in the 
medical profession, he received a call from the Northern Illinois 
Christian Missionary organization, comprising several counties, 


1 64 The Nance Memorial. 

to become their evangelist for six months. He thereafter con- 
tinued to preach until his health failed permanently. 

His first pastorate was at O* Plain (now Gurnee), near Wau- 
kegan, Illinois, and continued eighteen months. The next was 
at Ligonier, Indiana, where he remained two years, and resigned 
to enter upon the work of founding a church at Angola, Indiana. 
Here he remained two and a half years, bestowing half his time, 
and left a church property here worth six thousand dollars, and a 
membership of one hundred and sixty. This is now one of the 
very best missionary congregations in the Christian church. 
From Angola he went to Fort Wayne, same state, to do a like 
work. Here he remained five and one-half years, providing a 
church property worth ten thousand dollars, practically unin- 
cumbered, and leaving a membership of one hundred and sixty. 
Much of this latter work was done in the stress of the great 
financial panic of 1873-7, requiring a desperate effort to save the 
enterprise from ruin. The extra care and labor involved perma- 
nently wrecked what had always been a frail constitution. A 
year and a half at Syracuse, New York, doing half work, and two 
and a half years at Auburn, same state, ended the cares of active 
service, in 1881. The disease was at first neurasthenia, a severe 
nervous break down, later complicated with rheumatic troubles. 
It has been impossible for Brother Aylsworth to walk, or even 
stand upon his feet, for many years. A gradual improvement in 
the general condition has made it possible to do a little writing 
since 1895, a "d he has since that time been a paid correspondent 
of the Christian Evangelist, of St. Louis, Missouri. He also 
became the author, in 1899, of a small monograph of one hundred 
and four pages, on the "Frequency of the Lord's Supper," and 
in 1902, of a larger work of four hundred and seventy-one pages, 
on "Moral and Spiritual Aspects of Baptism," which has met 
with a very gratifying reception from the religious public. 

Mr. Aylsworth's religious affiliations are with the Christian 
church, he having become a member of that body when a child 
of eight years. 

Mr. Aylsworth and family have continued to reside at Auburn, 
the place of his complete break down. The following, from the 
pen of the Rev. D. H. Patterson, pastor of the Church of Christ, 
in Auburn, is taken from the Christian Evangelist^ of April 
26, 1 900 : \ 

Brother Aylsworth is remarkable for versatility. His conversation is as 



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interesting as his writing, lie is willing to talk and always has something 
to say. He is also a good listener; he will allow his companion his full 
share of the conversation, if not more ; yet, there are few who care to talk if 
they may lisien to him. One realizes that he is in the presence of a superior 
mind, but never feels ill at ease. He reads a l>ook and tells you what it con- 
tains. His memory reaches across years of physical pain ami debility and 
lays hold of treasures gathered more than a quarter of a century ago. The 
standard books of his library have long l>een sold, those that are left are out 
of date ; yet, with wonderful alertness he seizes current thought from most 
meager sources. After fourteen years of mental inactivity, strength seemed 
to be returning somewhat, and he was brought to church occasionally. I 
told him I thought he could preach. In June, 1895, he did so; those who 
heard him said his preaching was with astonishing vigor and clearness. 

Our state convention met in Auburn in Septeml>er of that year. He 
was asked to preach at one of the sessions, and consented. Probably no 
audience was ever more surprised and more delighted. For fifty minutes 
the gracious words flowed from his lips with ever increasing eloquence. To 
those who had known him in former years, the sermon seemed almost like a 
voice from the dead. The editor of the Christian Evangelist not only pub- 
lished the sermon, but asked him to become an occasional contributor. His 
articles always whet the apj>etite for more. The "Frequency of the Lord's 
Supper," not only instructs but constantly delights the reader. Certainly 
every one who reads this little booklet will want the "Spiritual Aspects of 
Baptism." This work ouj^ht to be published. (It is now published.) 
There is a freshness in it that ought to inspire a new interest in preaching 
upon this important theme. 

The author feels he can do no better in closing this sketch of 
this interesting, though pathetic life, than by giving the follow- 
ing poem found marked in a magazine sent some years since by 
Brother Aylsworth to his daughter in Dundee, Illinois. It must 
have expressed his own feelings largely, being deprived of the 
ability to laboi so early in life : 


[Lines found under the pillow of a soldier who died in hospital at Port Royal, Virginia. | 

I lay me down to sleep, 

With little care 
Whether my waking find 

Me here, or there. 

A bowing, burdened head 

That only asks to rest, 
Unquestioningly, upon 

A loving breast. 

My good right hand forgets 

Its cunning now ; 
To march the weary march 

I know not how. 

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I am not eager, bold, 

Nor strong, — all that is past; 
I am ready not to <lo, 

At last, at last. 

My half day's work is done, 

And this is all my part, — 
I give a patient God 

My patient heart. 

And grasp his banner still, 

Though all the blue be dim ; 
These stripes as well as stars 

Lead after him. 

Mary Ann Oatman, twig above, was born about 1839, near 
Dundee, Illinois. She was left an orphan at a tender age. She 
was married to C. F. Howard, a soldier boy just from a three 
years* service of his country. They spent their married life in 
and about Barrington and Dundee, the last thirty years in the 
latter place. 

Charles Fremont Howard was born in New Orleans, July 2, 
1839. He died in Dundee, February 16, 1902. While a student 
in the University of Chicago, in 1861, he enlisted in the 52nd 
Illinois cavelry, serving three years. He afterwards served eight 
months in the 9th Illinois cavelry. He was a Christian from the 
age of twenty, and from 1874 he and wife were members of the 
Dundee Baptist church, being ever active Christian workers. 

Jesse Oatman — Branch Six. 

Jesse Oatman was born near New Albany, Indiana, November 
24, 181 1. He died at Dundee, Illinois, October 1, 1883, iu the 
seventy-third year of his age. When a lad of nine years, his 
parents removed to Parke county, same state, and in 1828, they 
came to Illinois, settling at Walnut Grove. Jesse and his brother, 
Joseph, took up government claims adjoining, and at the head of 
the grove. In 1833 they sold these claims to James Mitchell, and 
engaged in the mercantile business at Washington, Tazewell 
county, but a few miles distant. 

In May, 1S32, he was enrolled as a member of the second 
company of mounted volunteers from McLean county, Illinois, in 
Black Hawk war, and hastened northward. They arrived at 
Dixon, after the battle known in history as "Stillman's Defeat." 
They proceeded to the battlefield and saw to the burying of the 
dead. In 1836 he was united in marriage with L,ucinda C. 

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Mowery, who had recently come to the new country with her 
parents. In 1837 they removed to Dundee, Kane county, taking 
their stock of goods with them. "Soon after coming to Dundee, 
he visited a camp of friendly Indians along the bank of the beau- 
tiful Fox river. The mother squaw was preparing dinner. She 
plucked the tail and wing feathers from a large sand hill crane, 
and then with feet, head, feathers, and entrails all together, put 
them into a kettle of boiling beans. Then she turned her atten- 
tion to making 
corn pone. The 
dough was a 
littledry to prop- 
erly shape up, so 
she spit on her 
hands and prop- 
erly shaped the 
cake. It is need- 
less to say that 
he resisted all 
efforts of the 
hospitable squaw 
to induce him to 
remain to din- 
ner." This was 
the first stock of 
goods in the 
country, north 
of St. Charles. 
"Here he spent 
the remainder of 
his life, taking 
high rank as a 
business man 

and an earnest Christian with 'clean hands and pure heart,* a 
moral and social power in the church, and a man universally 
honored and beloved. The business of J. Oatman & Sons, of 
Dundee, was extensively connected with various enterprises, the 
grocery and drug business, the farm, hundredsof swarms of bees, 
and numerous butter and cheese factories in Kane and McHenry 
counties. All these engaged the active attention of the father, 
and yet he seemed to have time, brain, and heart, for the church 
he loved and the Savior he served. His diary which he ktpt for 


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many years, is a religious curiosity. While it records the current 
items of business aud the weather, and domestic and personal 
matters, it is so intermixed with explanations concerning God's 
providence and grace, and exultant acknowledgements of his 
wonderful goodness, mercy, and loving kindness to him, that 
one of his brethren on listening to it on the day of his funeral, 
said, and said truly, 'It reads just like the Psalms.' As might be 
expected, the death scene of such a man was glorious beyond 

description. He 
seemed to be 
standing on the 
door steps of his 
heavenly man- 
sion, as he pro- 
nounced his last 
benediction upon 
his weeping wife 
and children. 
His, 'God bless 
you my dear 
children,' seem- 
ed like the pro- 
phetic blessings 
of the old patri- 
archs. The 
uplifted hauds 
and the heaven- 
ward beckon- 
ings, made the 
place sacred and 

Mr. Oatman 
held various offices of trust, one being that of postmaster for 
eight years. As is told in the sketch of his father, he was a 
charter member of the Walnut Grove (now Eureka) Christian 
church, organized in his parent's home, in 1832. He remained 
true to the church of his first love for many years, but losing 
hope that a church would be organized at Dundee, he finally 
united with the Baptist church, and was ever after one of their 
most earnest aud efficient members. 



His wife, "Aunt Lucy," was a woman in every way worthy 

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' of such a man. Born at Cleveland, Ohio, she came with her 
parents to Washiugtou, Illinois, in 1835. She joined the Dundee 
Baptist church, by obedience of the gospel, in 1841, and for fifty- 
three years adorned her profession with a godly walk and a chaste 
behavior. It is said she lived for others and not for self. The 
husband often spoke of her as his "guardian angel." She died 
at her home in Dundee, May 23, 1894. Five children were born 
to this union, those growing to maturity are named below as twigs: 




Flora, died young. 
Clara May, h. 

Dr. W. C Bridge 


Georgia 1.. 


Klgin, Illinois. 
Herbert A., w. 


Clarata B. 

Edith Clark 


Theron C. 

Monticello, Florida. 

Daryl Herbert, 

Caroline L,ucinda, h. 

KHa Yalitta. h. 


Carrie May. 

Dundee, Illinois. 

Alva Jevse. 

Des Moines, Iowa. 


Flora C. 
Klta 1.. 

I.ucy Belle, h. 

Alfred H. Ketehuru 


Bessie Margaret. 

Dundee. Illinois. 
I.. Gertrude, h. 


Florence Belle. 

Rev. Richard Marshall, 


Mt. Carroll, Illinois. 

Edward Jesse, w., 1848 

[ Jesse, w. 

Martha Geirtz, 

Riverside, California. 

[ Riverside, California. 
' Erie Torrence. w. 

Claiibelle Borden, 

Dundee, Illinois. 

George Frank, w., 1851 

Wm. Frank, w. 

Dundee, Illinois. 

Allicia R. Whittaker... 
Duudee, Illinois. 


Wm. Frank, Jr. 


Carrie Lucinda Oatman, twig above, was born in Dundee, Illi- 
nois ; married M. T. Barrows, there, in 1866, and has never lived 
elsewhere. She and her family are members of the Baptist 
church, and quite active in the various works of the church. 

M. T. Barrows, whose likeness is shown herewith, has been a 
resident of Dundee since 1856. He was born in Saratoga county, 
New York, July 15, 1834. He was a blacksmith from boyhood, 
and later a hardware dealer until 1888, when he retired with a 
competency. He is a large land owner, having about nine hun- 
dred and sixty acres in Iowa, five hundred in Florida, and one 
thousaud nine hundred in Illinois. This is a great achievement 
for one who began life at twenty-five cents per day, and after- 
wards four dollars per mouth. 


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There were ten children born to this union, those growing to 
maturity are named in the table above as buds. 

Herbert A. Barrows, bud al>ove, was born and reared at Dun- 
dee, Illinois, and was married there. For several years he has 


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been located at Monticello, Florida, on a fifteen hundred-acre 
dairy farm. By the use of northern methods he is demonstrating 
that as good butter and milk can be produced in the south as any- 
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about six hundred pounds of butter per month. He never sells a 
pound for less than thirty-five cents, and usually receives fifty 
cents per pound. 

He is also putting several thousand dollars into a syrup plant, 






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preparing to make the very best quality of cane syrup. He has 
the ambition to produce the best of everything, expecting thereby 
to receive the highest market prices. He is delighted with the 
south, and believes he has a great future before him. 

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Edward Jesse Oatman, twig above, worked on his father's 
farm until sixteen, when he began clerking in his father's store. 
At the age of eighteen, after graduating from Bryant and Strat- 
ton's Business college, in Chicago, he became a partner in the 
store, the firm name being Oatman & Sous. (After the death of 
the father, the name was changed to Oatman Brothers, and the 
name became almost a household word wherever the Elgin milk, 
butter or cheese was known.) Owing to failing health, he soon 
gave up work in the store and turned his atteution to bee culture, 
until the firm had five hundred hives, in 1886, and produced thirty 
thousand pounds of honey that year. In 1870 they started the 
creamery business which grew to wondrous proportions. It is 
said that at oue time they refused a cash offer of three hundred 
thousand dollars from an English syndicate for sixteen creameries. 
This would have left them with four creameries and one condens- 
ing factory. 

The great financial troubles of 1893-7 struck them hard, 
sweeping away much of the savings of an active and strenuous 
life time. 

His health and that of Mrs. Oatman being so poorly, they 
went to California, in 1902, settling at Riverside, and beginning 
the cultivation of a fruit farm. Here they now reside, Mrs. 
Oatmau's health having been restored. They were married in 
1S69. They are Baptists, Mrs. Oatman being especially active in 
all church work. 

George Frank Oatman, twig above, became a clerk in his 
father's store at the age of fifteeu and a partner at eighteen. He 
was married in 1874. 

Owing to his brother's frail constitution he has ever carried 
the heavy burdens of the firm. After the reverses mentioned 
above, Frank organized Oatmau's Condensed Milk Company, 
himself and two sons composing the company. They now have 
some half dozen plants, and manufacture butter and cheese, con- 
densed milk and cream, and are already a strong company. They 
reside in Dundee, in a beautiful home, always open to friends and 
relatives. This family are Congregationalists. The boys have 
married the best girls in the community, at least that is what we 
all thiuk. 

Hardin Oatman — Branch Seven. 

Hardin Oatman was born in Floyd county, Indiana, February 
18, 1813. He came to Illinois with his parents, in 1828. He 

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was a charter member of the Walnut Grove Christian church, as 
is told elsewhere. He studied medicine in Dundee, Illinois, 
finishing in Rush Medical college. He married, settled, and 
practiced his profession in Harrison county, Missouri. The 
family have beeu in St. Joseph, Missouri, for many years, and it 
is presumed he died there. The author has been unable to get 
into correspondence with any of the family. All that is known 
of him is given above. All that is known of his family is given 
below, and it is all mere here-say : 


John C. Oatnian, 
I.lano, Texas. 

Wick Oatman, 
St. Joe, Missouri. 

I\ II. Oatman. 
St. Joe, Missouri. 

M. C Oatman. 

Mary Oatman, h. 

St. Joe, Missouri. 

Susan Oatman, h. 
Joe Williamson. 

John Oatman, Jr. — Branch Nine. 

John Oatman, junior, was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
September 3, 18 15. He died at Farmer, Texas, June 11, 1897. 
He was married to Julia Ann Long, in Woodford county, Illinois. 
They removed to Texas in 1850, first settling in Bastrop county, 
and in 1852, moving to Llano county and engaged in the cattle 
business, raising, herding, and shipping. This, in connection 
with the mercantile business until 187 1, when he settled in 
Missouri on a farm, where he remained until his wife's decrth, in 
1877, when he returned to Texas and made his home with his 
children. He was one of the most devoted of Christians. He 
was an elder in the Christian church for many years. He was a 
great reader, until his eye sight failed him. I glean the follow- 
ing item from his obituary : 

He was a wonderful man in a good many respects. He was brave and 
generous, patient in every trial of life, and possessed a faith like that of Job 
or Daniel. His property was swept away, yet he never lost hope. Then 
his eye sight failed him and still his faith grew stronger. Finally his hear- 
ing and speech were almost destroyed, but he still believed in God, and just 
before he crossed the river he called for the last chaoter of the Bible to be 
read, that once' more he might hear the promises of God. He loved more 
than all, those beautiful words of John the l>eloved : "Blessed are the dead 
which die in the I^ord from henceforth ; yea saith the Spirit that they may 
rest from their labors and their works do follow them." 


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Thirteen children blessed this union, those growing to matur- 
ity are named below as twigs : 


Julia A., h. 
Joseph L^verett . . . 
Ozark, Missouri. 


Anna Kate, h., d; 
Kdward McDufl . 



John Wayman, w. 
Clara E.Owens... 

Nora, d. 
[ Wallace, d. 

Henrv Clav. w.. 1843 
Mollie K. Hardin.... 
Sparks, Texas. 

l.ucv Cevilla. h. 
Robert E. Mabry.. 
Graham, Texas. 

William Benj.. w. 
Artelia Jennings, d. 

2nd w. I.ula Pitman. 

Albert E., w. 

Sarah Hurst 

Farmer, Texas. 

i Charles E. 

Josephine C, h. 
l,uther Russell.. . . 
Ozark, Missouri. 

Henry P. 

Edward, w., 18rfJ6 
Maggie Campl>cll. 


Cynthia J., h. 
John Newsom. 

George. . 

Bertha, h. 

Win. Ridlehoover. 

Beatrice. 1882, 
Sparks, Texas. 

Evans, w. 

J. Alberta Scarl>orough. 
Graham, Texas. 

Ida. h. 

Robert F. Short 

Graham. Texas. 

Ellen, h. 
! Jas. H. Norman... 
\ Graham, Texas. 


( Jessie. 
! Nettie. 
( Joseph. 

Rav. d. 

1 Eva lone. 


S Scarborough. 

( James M. 
-^ Roliert F. 
f Frances lone, 1904. 

t Robt. Wesley. 
'i Attie Cevilla. 

Uoula May, h. 
Claud E. Holland, 
Helton, Texas. 

Ora Cevilla. 
Sal lie Media. 
Silas Seth. 
k Joseph E. 

( Carlos S.. w., 1873 
Mollie Cook. 

Clarence E., w. 
Ida Pitman 


John Orval. 

Uda Belle, h. / 
George Owens. . .1, 

Amy Agnes. / 
Elmer l,ouis. / 
Jesse Clav. / 
Floy Etta. 

f Mary Ella, 1884. 
Jesse W. 


Bryan R. 
Chas. Aaron. 
Carrie Belle. 
George Olen. 
John Comer. 

Nora A. 
James E. 
Maud May. 

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Henry Clay Oatman, twig, was born in Dundee, Kane county, 
Illinois, October 10, 1843. He came with his pareuts to Bastrop 
county, Texas, in 1852. They settled in Llano county in 1854. 
Here young Henry C'ay went into the stock business as a "cow 
boy," and ran cattle until 1862, when he enlisted in the Confed- 
erate army and attempted to run the "Yanks" for three years. 
He came out of the service without a scratch. While in the army, 
the boys decided to have a "name drawing," each to drop the 
name of a young lady iuto a box, after which each was to draw a 
name out, and to begin a correspondence. Our hero drew the 
name of Mollie E. Hardin. They were strangers, but continued 
the correspondence through the war. Returning home, they met, 
and in 1865, were married. A "fortune teller" described his cor- 
respondent and said they would marry. And so they did. After 
his marriage he returned to the stock business, only now working 
for himself instead of his father. 

The Indians were troublesome from 1864 to 1875. They fre- 
quently took stock, some times a large number. He had some 
narrow escapes with his life, but never came into close contact 
with the Indians. 

At one time the family traveled in a wagon to Missouri for the 
wife's health. Their babe dying in Missouri, and the change not 
benefiting the mother, they returned to Texas, settling in Llano 
county until 1889, when they moved to Green county, and in 
1896 they came to Sparks, Bell county, w T here they continue to 

James R. Oatman — Branch Eleven. 

James Reed Oatman was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
December 27, 1817. He died in Kansas City, Missouri, January, 
1899. He married Letitia Ann Davidson, at Eureka, Illinois, 
and settled on a farm at the head of the grove. They and their 
son, Adolphus G., were charter members of the Mount Zion 
Christian church, organized at the head of the grove in 1S55. 
He was chosen one of the deacons. They remained here until 
some time after the close of the war, when they removed to the 
southwest, settling near Kansas City. The wife is still living 
there. They were the parents of seven children, named below as 
twigs : 


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Adda Evelyn. 



Dr. Adolphus. w. 

Homer CliTton. 

Lawrence, Kansas. 

Arthur Roy. 
Helen Marian. 

Helen, died young. 

' Minnie. 

Mary Eliza, h. 



Alex. M. Richardson 




b Mary. d. 



Can. Its. h. 

Josephine, d. 

Anna Artninta. 
Jessie Myrtle. 


Guy Howard. 


Stanley Reed. 

Josephine, h. 


Bertha G. 


FranWic. h. 





Cande. h. 
Retta West. 

J Dudley. 

Ira E. Oatman — Branch Twelve. 

Ira E. Oatman was born in Indiana, October, 18 19. He 
studied medicine in Dundee and Rush Medical college. He was 
married to Villitta C. Freer, in Chicago. Practiced a few years 
in Chicago. Moved to Sacramento, California, where he died in 
18 — . Five children were born to this couple, named below as 
twigs : 





Eujjene Freer, w. 

Lucy R. Nichols ( Helena May. 

Sacramento, Cat. \ Eugene Freer, Jr. 

Ira, died young. 

John William, w. 

Harriet C. Rhodes j Gertrude May, d. 

Long Valley, Cat.  Laurence J. 

Charles Henry, w 
lary Eliza Smith 
San Francisco, Cal. 

Mary Eliza Smith J Franklyn Wm. 

1 Violet. 

Mary May, h. ' 

Aimer P. Soule ( Mary Emma. 

Sacramento, Cal. \ Helena Elizabeth. 

Mary Ann Oatman — Branch Fourteen. 

Mary Ann Oatman was born in 1824. Married Darwin 
Stevens. Settled in Chicago, then moved to California. I am 
unable to get any other information. Had one son, Homer 

William A. Oatman— Branch Fifteen. 

Dr. William A. Oatman was born in Indiana, April 7, 1827. 
He died at Barksdale, Texas, March 30, 1903. He graduated at 

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Rush Medical college, Chicago, at the age of twenty-one. He 
soon went to Texas with his diploma and saddle pony. He was 
united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Bunton, daughter of a 
wealthy and influential farmer of Hays county, Texas. 

To this union were born eight children, five dying young. 
The remaining three are named below as twigs. The mother died 
at the age of thirty-two. The second wife was Mrs. Beck, of 
Travis county. To this last union there was no issue. Dr. Oat- 
man amassed a fortune, farming near Austin, Texas. His estate 
still owns one of the finest farms on the Colorado river. He was 
a man of a pure and exalted character, beloved by all. During 
the later years of his life he was a Christadelphian in faith. He 
is said to have been one of the finest Biblical scholars in the state. 
For years he had a standing challenge to the ministers of the 
state to debate the differences between his faith and theirs. 






' Marmaduke, 1888. 
Hermina K. 

John B. , w. 

Edith H. 

Marie V. Saunders <{ 


Evelyn, Texas. 

Olivia lva. 

. Dudley. 1902. 

Perla May, h., 1879 

Waller 11. Taylor 

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Asa B., w. 

Mary May. h. 

David M. Crosthwait.. .. 

.. f 

A daughter. 

Chickasha, 1. T. 

Jeunot I„ee. 
Norman I,. 

David I.autar 
Fay M. Marelaine. 


Edith Oatman. 

' I.ucile. 1890. 

Dr. Victor, w. 



I,il>erty, Texas. 

. Mar)- E. 

Pleasant Shields Oatman — Branch Sixteen. 

Pleasant Shields Oatman was born at Walnut Grove, Illinois, 
July 22, 1830. At the age of eleven, he moved with his father's 
family to Texas, settling near Austin, in Bastrop county. He 
was married in 1 851, to Merica P. Billingsley, and engaged in 
cattle raising. A few years later they removed to Llano, and in 
addition to his stock interests was, in connection with his brother 
John, engaged in the mercantile business. In 1868 he took a 
large herd of cattle to California. In 1870 he took the remainder 
of his stock to Colorado, and with his family, took up his resi- 
deuce in Denver. 

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While in Denver he organized the Union Stock Yards Company, 
which is now a large concern. He invested largely in real estate 
which has made his family quite comfortable. 

In 1879 he was killed by being thrown from his horse in 
Kansas, while looking after some stock which he had taken to 
that section. 

He was of a genial, sunny nature, and died sincerely mourned 
by his family and a host of warm friends. He was a life long 
Christian, a member of the Christian church. 


His wife, Merica P. Oatman, was born March 29, 1836, near 
Trenton, Tennessee. Her father, Major Elish Billingsby, moved 
*.o Bastrop county, Texas, in the year 1849. She was married to 
Pleasant S. Oatman, December 29, 1851, and they moved to 
Llano county, Texas, where they remained until after the Civil 
War, when they went to San Antonio, Texas. In 1870 they 
traveled across the barren staked plains with a large herd of cattle 
to Denver, Colorado. The journey was most hazardous as the 

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plains were at that time inhabited by tribes of wild Indians. An 
average of only ten miles per day was made, and the party were 
three months without being under the roof of a house, and four 
months without being under the shade of a tree. 

Since Mr. Oatman 's death, in 1879, Mrs. Oatman has spent 
much time in traveling. Since her early childhood she has been 
a great student of the Bible. In Llano, with the other members 
of the Oatman family, she took the Bible as her guide, throwing 
aside all doctrines and creeds, and she thinks it wonderful how 
all these years the dear Lord 
has been with her, and how 
he has opened her eyes to 
know his truths. For 
many years she hoped to 
go to the foreign mission- 
ary fields, but God did not 
so direct, and her work has 
been in her own country. 
She has been from the Gulf 
of Mexico to the Great 
Lakes, and from the At- 
lantic to the Pacific ; to the 
Centennial and the World's 
Fair, carrying the good 
news of salvation to all 
who would hear. For 
many years she has been 
looking for the return of 
the Jews to their land 
which forebodes a great 
change in the earth, and is 
convinced that that event 

is near at hand. She is still an active, earnest member of the 
Christian church. This couple were the parents of eight chil- 
dren, named below as twigs: 



VillitU K., ISA d. 

Martha May. h.. 1*59 

Hiram F. Contes 

Denver, Colorado. 

Carrie ().. h., IHfiO 

Win. II. Kistkr 

Denver, Colorado. 





Nina May. 
Helen O. 
( Marion O. 

! Alice Mav. 
William H. 
Krle O, 

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Pleasant Lee, 18fi6, d. 

Iva Anna. h.. 1W7 

Thos. Marioneaux j Dorothv May 

Nephi, I lah. ( 

Arthur G.. 1870. d. 
John Dcwees. 1873. d. 
Lilly Maud, 187.">. d. 

Carrie Oatman, whose likness appears herewith, was born in 
Llano, Texas, in i860. In the year 1870 her parents moved to 
Denver Colorado, at which place she has since resided. In the 
year iSS3, she was married to William H. Kistler, the leading 
stationer of the state. Since her marriage, Mrs. Kistler has been 
identified with the interests and institutions of Denver and Colo- 
rado, and prominent in all movements of an elevating and enno- 
bling character in social and philanthropic circles. The most flat- 
tering compliment was paid to her intellect when the Denver 
High School Alumni, a society composed of some of the most 
gifted men and women in the west, chose her for their president, 
she being the only woman they have ever honored by election to 
this office. 

As a club woman Mrs. Kistler ranks high among that com- 
pany of brilliant women for which Colorado is famous, and she 
has held many offices of high honor and trust both in the State 
and National federation of women's clubs. 

In the entire history of Denver only five women have been 
elected as members of the School Board, and Mrs. Kistler has 
been one of this number. She has served as president of the 
Denver Young Women's Christian Association, and of the Denver 
branch of the National Needle Work Guild. With it all she is 
mistress of one of Denver's beautiful homes, a devoted wife and 
mother, and is held in affectiouate esteem by a large circle. 

It might be well to remark that in Colorado women have the 
right of suffrage. 

A few years since, by a series of unexpected events, and 
unsought, as well, Mrs. Kistler was elected chairman of the 
Republican County Central Committee. During the incumbancy 
of this office, it developed upon her to preside over the prelim- 
inary proceedings of the county convention. From pages of 
newspaper clippings referring to the matter, all praising Mrs. 
Kistler in the highest terms, the following very short quotations 
are taken : 

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Mrs. W. H. Kistler, chairman of the Republican County Central Com- 
mittee, covered herself and her sex with glory by the courage, tact, justice, 
self-poise, and readiness she displayed in presiding over the preliminary pro- 
ceedings of the county convention, in the Broadway theater, yesterday. We 
have seen a great many mean conventions in our time, but we have never 
seen a presiding officer of the sterner sex at any of them who bore himself 
so well under such trying circumstances as did Mrs. Kistler, yesterday. 

Mrs. Kistler, as chairman, had a most difficult task to perform that was 
ever allotted a chairman of the party. The convention had been packed by 


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the Wolcott-Stevenson people. On the floor of the convention she had the 
best parliamentarians in the city, and professional politicians to contend 
with. She succeeded in maintaining order the best manner possible and did 
far better than a man could have done, also showing a thorough knowledge 
of the rules of procedure. 

"When did the chair have the power delegated to her to abrogate a part 
of a rule?" It is not a question of power," quickly responded the lady. 
"The rule is wrong, and it is time it was shown up and the wrong corrected. 


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   '   "  ™ "™  I  ■■■!■■■  —   - -■    I I — " —   - ■' — — ■■» ■■..  I| H» l I 

I propose to see right and juitici granted while I am in this position." Then 
ensued the wildest demonstrations which she had yet had to cope with. She 
stood at the desk, rapped steadily for order, and then asked the police in the 
hall to clear lobbies and aisles. "Order will be maintained," was her only 
comment. All suggestions from delegates were ignored. She maintained 
her stand to have order before anything further was done. It was not until 
the convention had exhausted lung power and parliamentary tactics to trip 
her up, that debate was permitted to proceed in anything like order. When 
the question came to a vote, the chair ruled that all contesting delegations 
should not vote, and, though this also had to be debated, the chair held her 
ground. The vote sustained the appeal by a large majority, and the tempor- 
ary roll was adopted. The temporary organization was quickly made, and 
a recess taken until ten o'clock that evening. The chairman had stood at 
her post for more than six hours, and had not wavered once. 

Our Mrs. W. H. Kistler covered herself with a fadeless mantle of glory 
as the chairman of the republican convention last week. Her calmness 
amidst the fearful storm ; her clearness amidst the awful confusion ; her firm- 
ness amidst the fury of contending factions, and above all, her ready and 
accurate parliamentary ruling, won for her the unstinted praise of all present 
and called forth a unanimous vote of thanks from the convention for her 
wise and faithful service. 

Mrs. Kistler is an active member of the Central Christian 
church, the leading church of her people in Denver. 

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Clement Nance, Junior— Limb Seven. 

Clement Nance, junior, was born in Virginia, June io t 1788. 
Martha Chamberlain was born March 25, 1790. They were mar- 
ried June 7, 1810, by Patrick Shields, judge. He settled on a 
farm adjoining that of his father, and became a very prominent 
citizen of the county. He was a member of the first board of 
county commissioners, justice of the peace, and held other offices 
in the township and county. He 
built a fine brick residence, in 1820, 
which is still in as good condition 
as ever. It is a modern residence 
in appearance, to-day. He ran for 
associate judge, in 1826, at the 
close of his father's incumbancy of 
the office. There were six candi- 
dates, he coming out second best. 
He erected a carding and fulling 
mill, on his farm, and for many 
years made the rolls from which the 
pioneer mothers wove the cloth that 
was used by the settlers for cloth- 
ing. He also erected a steam 
flouring mill on his place. After 
several years constant use, it was 

burned down, and was never rebuilt. They removed to Colum- 
bus, Adams county, Illinois, in September, 1849, where he died 
the next year, August 13, 1850. His remains lie in the old cem- 
etery at Columbus. In an old pocket account book of "Uncle 
Clem," the author was shown this item in his hand writing: "I 
thank God that I am a Mason." He was a member of the 
Christian church, and died in the triumph of faith. 

"Aunt Patsey," whose likeness appears at the head of this 
sketch, out lived Uncle Clem twenty-two years, dying at Barry, 


1 84 

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at the home of her son, Dr. Clement H. Nance, December 2i, 
1872. She was beloved by all who knew her. She was buried 
at Barry. They were the parents of ten children, named below 
as branches : 

Susan Gresham, 
James Monroe, died at 15. 
Mary Richardson, 
William Anderson, 
Martha Harber, 

Margaret Richardson, 
Robert G. , 
Jane Snider, 
Benjamin F., 
Clement Henry, M. D. 

Susan Nance-Gresham — Branch One. 

Susan Nance was born March 19, 181 1. She was married to 
Johu Gresham, March 26, 1829. She speut her life in Franklin 
township, the same in which she was boru. Nine children were 
born to this couple, named below as twigs : 





Margaret T., h., d. ( Enoch, d. 

Jas. T. Robinson, d < Mary, single. 

( James, lost. 

James E.. w.. d. 
Julia Hildebrand. 

Charles, w. f Julia. 

F.lla Bigelow I Sarah. 

Miles, Michigan. ] Abigal. 

\ I. James. 


Marv E., h.. d. 

Jno.'Harbison ( No iss|ie< 

Clement, w. 
Debbie Tipps. . . 
JefYersonville, Indiana 

Hattie, h. 

Frank I^andwehr 

JefTersonville, Indiana 

( Minnie. 
« Edward. 
f Km ma. 

f Mi 
1 "' 



f Martha, h., 1864 

Robt. Detrick ^ 

New Albany, Indiana. 

Sarah A., h., d. 

Conrad Kimble. 

William, w. 
Paducah, Kentucky. 

Eolith, 1886. 
Sarah F. 
Robt. C. 
James M. 
Albert L,. 
. l,eo Addison, 1901. 

Martha, h. 

Francis M. Sands, d 

New Albany, Indiana. 

Mary, d. 

Benjamin, w. 


(. Julia, d. 

Ida. h. 

John Gibson, d. 


Benjamin, w. 

L,izzie I^oweth J Pearl. 

New Albany, Indiana, i Walter. 

Columbus, w. i 

Catharine Hal rah, d J 

New Albany, Indiana. | 


Robert R. 

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Nancy A., It., d. 

Mary, h,, ls»U) 

Win. Douglas • 

Louisville, Kentucky. 

Klwell. 18*4. 


knlh 1XHT» 

Hrama, h. 


Benjamin W , w., d. 

Maud. h. 
Oe*>rge Beil. 
2nd h. Win. Haslet, 
St. Louis, Missouri. 


George C. w. 

Agatha Mellon 

Walter, w. 
New Albany, Indiana. 

( Maud. 
( Ida. 

Dog Wood. Indiana. 

John W.. died at 15. 

Margaret Nanck-Richardson — Branch Two. 

Margaret Nance was born November 9, 18 12. Died at Bowl- 
ing Green, Illinois, September 24, 1839. She was married to 
Aaron Richardson, July 11, 1833. Four children were born to 
this union, for an account of which, see branch one of limb ten. 

Robert C. Nance — Branch Four. 

Robert Chamberlaiu Nance was born April 25, 18 17. Died 
about 1850, in Adams county, Illinois, and was buried on a farm 
about twelve miles from Columbus. He was the father of three 
children, named below as twigs : 

James, died at i 




f William, w. 


Mary Ann, h. 

William Fox \ 


Robert Clement. 
Lost in the war of the 
rebellion, going out 
with Captain O. A. 
Burgess, and after- 
ward, with Captain J. 
H. Rowell. He disap- 
peared soon after the 
battle of Shiloh, and 
was never heard of 

Mary Nance-Richardson — Branch Five. 

Mary Nance was born December 3, 18 19, in Floyd county, 
Indiana, and died at Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 23, 
1889. She was married to Aaron Richardson, September 3, 1839. 
Four children were born to this union, for which, see branch one 
of limb ten. She was a life long member of the Christian church. 



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The following is a part of her obituary, by her youngest son, 
Frank. From what the author knows personally of "Aunt 

Mary," he is free to say the tribute is a just one : 


Mother Richardson was left a widow in 1854, with four small children, 
of her own, and one, by the former wife of her husband, who was equally 
loved by her. With but little money at her command, and frail in body, she 
accepted the trust, and devoted herself most fully and heroically to her chil- 



dren. By hard toil, extreme sacrifice, and careful economy, she was able to 
give all her children a good common school education, and the older ones a 
partial course in college. One by one her children went out from the home 
until about twenty years ago she was left with her youngest son, with whom 
she has lived ever since. Thirty-five years of her widowhood have been 
marked by a patience under suffering, a faith under trials, and a persistent 
and conscientious fulfillment of duty, such as is rarely seen. Her children 
may truly rise up and call her blessed. She became early in life a devoted 
Christian, and throughout her course of nearly three score and ten, she 

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adorned M12 doctrine of God our Savior in all tilings. A sufferer almost con- 
stantly for a quarter of a century, she l>ore the ills of life with patient endur- 
ance, in the confidence that God could make all things to work together for 
good to those who love him. Her last hours were full of longings for rest 
that awaited her l>eyond the vail of death. The kind father who had so long 
sustained her under the heavy afflictions of her lonely and troubled life, 
granted her at the last, a peaceful passage into glory. Good, true mother, 
farewell. May we, whose lives have felt the influence of thy patient, lov- 


ing spirit, so live as to meet thee again where thy griefs are all transformed 
into loving rejoicings in the presence of our heavenly father. W. F. R. 

(We beg leave, Brother Richardson, to mingle our tears with yours, over 
the grave of one we knew so well and esteemed so highly. — Editor Christ- 
ian Evangelist.) 


Jane Nance Snider — Branch Six. 

Jane Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, January 28, 
1822. Andrew Jackson Snider was born in Jefferson county, 

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Kentucky, October io, 1817. They were married in Floyd 
county, November 18, 1841. They removed to Columbus, Adams 
county, Illinois, in 1848, and to Woodford county in 1854, and to 
Livingston county in 1856. 

"Uncle Jack," was a farmer by occupation, and reared his 
large family on the farm. In 1886, the family removed to Chi- 
cago, the daughter, Laura, assuming the support of her parents, 
now growing old, the other children assisting, and with her 
needle at dressmaking, cared for them to the date of their death. 

The mother passed away Jauuary 1, 1892, in Chicago. Her 
remains were carried to El Paso, Illinois, and laid to rest. Soon 
after this sad bereavement, Laura and the father removed to 
El Paso, to be near the older sister and daughter, Mrs. Martha 
Springgate. Here the father died in December, 1898, and was 
laid to rest beside his life's companion. 

4 'Aunt Jane," was a worthy one of the ninety-six limbs whose 
praises I can never tire of singing. She seemed to possess the 
Christian graces in a high degree. She was a member of the 
Christian church from early life. 

"Uncle Jack," was a true, intelligent, influential, and promi- 
nent citizen wherever he lived. He was noted for his stalwart 
democracy, never going back on his name-sake. He had the 
most wonderful retentive memory of any person I ever knew. It 
seemed that he never forgot anything. During the World's Fair, 
Cousin F. M. Nance called to see the family. "Uncle Jack" was in 
his room and was told a stranger was in the parlor and wanted to 
see him. As he came to the parlor, he heard his voice and at 
once said, "It is a Nance voice." Seeing the visitor, he said 
almost at once, "You are Frank Nance." They had not met for 
forty-five years, when Frank was twenty-one. He knew he was 
a Nance by his voice, and knew he was Frank Nance by the 
Chamberlain resemblance, his mother being a Chamberlain. I 
have no doubt his memory as to Frank's young manhood looks, 
helped to place him even though he was at the time sixty-six. 

They were the pareuts of eleven children, named below as 
twigs, all growing to maturity, but six of them dying before their 
pareuts : 

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Henry E.. w., 1842 

Tillie Osborne 

l^acey, Iowa. 

Bohert, lost in I860. 

Albert A., w.. d. 
I,izzie Baxter.. . 




( Clarence. 
v Harry. 
( Pearl. 

' Curtis, w. 

Pearl Goodwin ( r i -n ,»,. 

Chicago, Illinois. 1 Clauae - 


Martha K., h. 

Richard C. Springgate.. \ 

F.I Paso, Illinois. ) 

Laura P ( 

Kedland*, California. 1 

Marv E.. h., d. 
W. W. Ba scorn. 

Granville H., w. 

Kate Herytnan j 

Dixon, Illinois. 1 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Mabel, h.. d. 

Rohen Walker \ Albert 


Never married. 

Bessie, h. 
O. C. C.uillamont, 
Redlr.nds, California. 


Chicago, Illinois. 


Stanley M., d. 

Addle Dotigla  . { N married . 

Chicago, Illinois. I 

Carrie J., h.. d. ( Bertha Viola, 1887. 

Dr. O. B. McKinney \ lames Oliver. 

George, Iowa. ( Bessie June. 

Benj. Frank, w., d. 

Henry E. Snider was reared on a farm in Nebraska township, 
Livingston county, Illinois. He served his country three years 
in the war of the rebellion, in the 129th Illinois infantry. Most 
of his life has been spent farming, although he was running a 
laundry in Chicago for a number of years, about the World's Fair 
period. He now owns and occupies a farm near Lacey, Iowa. 

Martha E. Snider married R. C. Springgate,of El Paso, Illinois, 
a prosperous and prominent wholesale and retail dry goods mer- 
chant. She has a fine home, and is a worthy member of our 
family. They are Presbyterians. 

Laura F. Snider, as mentioned above, assumed the support of 
the parents on their removal to Chicago, in 1S86. She also reared 
and cared for the orphan children of her sister, Mary, two little 
girls, Bessie and Myrtle Bascom. In 1901 she settled at Red- 
lands, California, where she enjoys most excellent health, a boon 
of which she was deprived, in Illinois. At the last day, "when 
the books shall be opened," the name of Laura Snider will have 
prominent mention in the list of the world's heroines. She is a 
member of the Christiau church. 


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Granville Snider is 
a laundry man at Dixon, 

Bertha Viola Mc- 
Kinney, bud above, was 
born in 1887. She 
graduated from the 
graded school in 1903. 
She has devoted much 
time to music, and has 
a reputation through- 
out northwest Iowa, for 
her musical ability, and 
expects to go abroad to 
continue her music. 

William Nance 
Branch Seven. 

William Anderson 
Nance, twin of Benja- 
min F. , was born March 
20, 1825. He was 
married to Charlotte Douglas, and they have both been long since 
dead. As far as known but two children blessed this home, 
named below as twigs : 


Franklin, d. 

Anna, h., d. 

A hanker at Bedford, 

Indiana. . 

Benjamin F. Nance— Branch Eight. 

Benjamin F. Nance, twin of William, was born March 20, 
1825. He married Mary McHowland. They removed to Cali- 
fornia, where he changed the spelling of his name to "Nantz." 
There were but one child as far as can be learned, and we have 
failed to get into correspondence with him. 


Frank NanU. 

Twig alx>ve. 

Martha Nance-Harrer— Branch Nine. 

Martha A. Nance was born in Floyd county, Indiana, Sep- 
tember 27, 1829. When tweuty years of age, she came with her 

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parents to Illinois, settling in Adams county. She was married 
in Bloomington, August 31, 1854, to David P. Karber. Mr. 
Harber was born in Indiana, November 20, 1821. Early in the 
5o's he came to Illinois and first located in Woodford county, 
where he engaged in farming. Later he followed the same occu- 
pation in Livingston county until 1862, when he removed to EI 
Paso, where he 
engaged in the 
mercantile busi- 
ness until 1872, 
and then embark- 
ed in the imple- 
ment business in 
Eureka. He was 
very successful in 
this business, re- 
tiring a few years 
before his death, 
leaving his busi- 
ness to his sons 
whom he had 
reared in it. 

Mr. and Mrs. 
Harber were char- 
ter members of 
the Mount Zion 
Christian church, 
organized in 1855. 
They were ever 
after, earnest, 
active Christians. 

He was deacon or 

elder for many years. He died in Eureka, January 29, 1897, 

honored and esteemed by all who knew him. 

Mrs. Harber, "Aunt Mat," is living a happy, retired life in 
Bloomington, Illinois, within short walking distance of the pala- 
tial homes of her three sons. She is one of the five living limbs 
of our family. She is a member of the First Christian church, 
and seldom misses a Lord's day morning service. They were the 
parents of five children, named below as twigs : 



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Hattie Aurora, h. ( Edna. h. 

William Van Nest, d.... - Satn'l Krincy 

Ptainfield, New jersey (. Plainfield, New Jersey 

Edpar D.. w. f Edith. 

Fannie Price Young 

Bloomington, Illinois. 

Benj. F.. w. 
Jennie Ewins ( Blanche. 

Bloomington, Illinois. \ I.ouise. 

Benj. Lewis. 
Hattie H. 
Russell L- 


f Edi 
! Ina. 
"I Rachel. 
(. Do 

f M 


John W.. w. 
Delia StumbauRh. d. . 
2nd w. Man- Baker, \ Ethel 

Bloomington, Illinois. ( Dean. 

Mina. at home. 

Edgar D., Benjamin F., and John W. Harber, twigs above, 
comprising the Harber Brothers Company, which see below, and 
whose likenesses are shown herewith, were reared in the retail 

farm implement busi- 
ness. They have 
never been separated 
in business or other- 
wise. They each re- 
side in a palatial home 
in the same part of the 
city. The families are 
almost daily together, 
and like the brothers, 
seem almost insepa- 
rable. The brothers 
are among the most 
public spirited citizens 
and one of the trio is 
on nearly every com- 
mittee of citizens look- 
ing to the social, ma- 
terial, or spiritual 
interests of the city. 
"E. D." was born at 
Eureka, January 2, 
1857. He was mar- 
ried in Bloomington, 
January 17, 1884. He 
has a very interesting family of wife and four daughters. All 
who are grown are members of the First Christian church. He 
is also a Mason and a club man, though he seldom visits either. 



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"B. F." was born in 
Livingston county, Illinois, 
June 4, 1858. He was mar- 
ried December 8, 1881, and 
has an interesting wife 
and two daughters, all 
members of the First Chris- 
tian church, he being a 
member of the official 
board. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Bloomington 
Club. "For tireless energy, 
keen perception, honesty of 
purpose, genius for devis- 
ing and executing the right 
thing at the right time, 
joined to every-day com- 
mon sense, guided by resist- 
less power, he easily stands 
at the head among the busi- 
ness men of Bloomington." 




•J. WV'was born Au- 
gust 18, 1859. He was 
married to Miss Delia Stum- 
baugh, of Eureka, May — , 
1879, by whom he had one 

On December 25, 1883, 
he was united in marriage 
with Miss May Baker, of 
Eureka. They have two 
interesting daughters, and 
one son, Dean. He being 
the only sou in the three 
families, is therefore a 
favorite as well as a rarity. 
This family are members of 
the Episcopal church, of 

All three are best known 
in connection with their 
business. They were 


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brought up in the retail implement business at Eureka, from 1872 
to 1886, at which date they came to Bloom ington, which promised 
a larger field of labor. They ran under various firm names until 
1891, when they incorporated under the name, Harber Brothers 
Company. They first did a retail business, then added whole- 

s a4 i 11 g . They now do an 
exclusively wholesale business, 
handling chiefly vehicles of all 
kinds, farm implements of 
every description, and binding 
twine. They built, own and 
occupy a five story and base- 
ment brick building, dimen- 
sions 77 x 200 feet, aud an ,4 L" 
1 10 x 140 feet, also five stories. 
This is the largest warehouse 
owned or used by any similar 
concern in the state, including 
the city of Chicago. Their 
business covers the greater 
portion of the states of Illinois, 
Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, aud 

"E. D." is the president, 
and he looks after the legal part of the business, makes the con- 
tracts with the manufacturers and dealers. 

"B. F. n is the treasurer, and he looks after the details of the 

"J. W." is the vice-president, and he has full charge of the 
carriage department. It is said that he is the best authority in 
the state in his line. 

Clement Henry Nance — Branch Ten. 

Dr. Clement Henry Nance was born September 15, 1833. He 
was married to Miss Eliza Torreuce, September 27, i860. He 
practiced his profession most of his life at Columbus, Liberty, aud 
Barry, Illinois, dying at Barry, in 1892. He and his family are 
and were members of the Christiau church. Three children were 
born to this couple, named below as twigs. John Torrence, 
"Captain John T. Nance, 9th cavalry, United States Army, the 
Presidio, San Francisco, California," has been in the army a long 


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Clement Floyd is bookkeeper in Quincy, Illinois, for the 
Richardson Lubricating Company. He is single, resides with his 
mother and sister, and is their support. Genevra is home with 
her mother, and is single. 


John Torrence, w. 

Slaie Rowand f 

Captain 9th Cavalry, ( 
Presidio, San Fran- 
francisco, California. 

Clement Floyd, 

Quincy, Illinois. 

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Jane Nance-Jordon. 

Jane Nance was born in Virginia, May 26, 1790. Her first 
husband was Jacob Richardson, brother of Isaac Richardson, who 
married, her sister, Elizabeth. Two children were born to this 
union. Her second husband was one Branum, who lived but a 
short time. She then married Cooper Jordon, by whom she had 
one child. 

She had a good, sweet temper, was a faithful member of the 
Christian church. She lived all her life near her father's old 
homestead in Franklin township. She died June 8, 1863, and 
was buried in the old Salem church yard. Her three children 
are named below as limbs : 

Permelia Jones Richardson-Welch. 
Clement Richardson, died at 9. 
Susan Jordon-Gresham. 

Permeua Richardson-Weixu — Branch One. 

Permelia Jones Richardson was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
December 29, 18 12. She was married to Jacob Welch, in 1838. 
She spent her entire life in the township in which she was born, 
near the Nance homestead. She was left a widow at the age of 
sixty-nine, dying six years later, July 23, 1887. Her married 
life was a happy one. She is said to have been of a very quiet 
disposition. She was a devoted member of the United Brethren 
in Christ from early childhood. She was the mother of six chil- 
dren, named below as twigs : 


' Clarence W., 1ST*8, w. 

Sarah K. Penneli 4 „ . . . 

Wilmington, Del. \ **y™°** J<"*P". 

Marv Jane, h., 1839-1873 
Joseph C Smith 

Elizabeth, died young. 

Edgar E., w. 
Ella Spellissy. 

Minnie A., died at 18. 

Mamie, 1887. 
Joseph, 1901. 

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f Alta. h. 
Jas. Green 

Susan Adeline, h. 

Joseph Mosier, d 

New Albany, Indiana. 
She was left a widow 
after fourteen and a 
half years of married 
life, with five snail 
children. Had her 
share of ups and 
downs. Once owned 
the Nance, senior, 

Arthur, w. 

l„u!a Tea ford 

l\dwardsville, Indiana 

Harry F., 
Minneapolis, Minn. 

Jennie, h. 

Clarence Steiner 

McKeesport, Pa. 



Nova Scocia. 
Irvin, d. 
Walter, d. 

| Wilma Elizabeth. 



H., died 

A vesta h., 1830 

Wm. Hanger 

Kdwardsville, Indiana 

Permelia, died young. 


Gloster, Mississippi. 

Trelula, h. 

Wm. Foreman f Grace. 

New Albany, Indiana. \ Nina. 


Nola, h. 

Gus Tyler f Harry. 

Georgetown, Indiana. \ Paul W. 


Jessie Permelia. 







Mary Jane Welch-Smith, twig above, died of cholera, in 1873, 
in Arkansas. She was brought home and buried at Lanesville. 
She left three small children. They were necessarily scattered, 
the sister, after growing to womanhood without a mother's care, 
died at the age of eighteen. 

Edward E., settled at New Albany. 

Clarence W., whose picture is shown herewith, drifted east- 
ward, settling at Wilmington, Delaware, where he married, and 
is now filling the position of storekeeper for the Diamond State 
Steel Company, a large manufacturing plant. He has evidently 
made a success in life. His son's picture is also shown below. 
His was the fifth order received for the Memorial, and he was the 
third to promise photos, notwithstanding the intervening distance. 
He writes: "We are shouting Methodists, and for Teddy." 

Arthur Mosier, bud above, owns and resides on the old and 
original homestead of Clement Nance, senior, which he entered 
from the government in 1807. The farm consists of one hundred 
and sixty acres, and is in a fine state of cultivation. The house 


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and barn are modern in appearance, though the house is the 
hewn log house erected by the original owner. It is now sided 
and painted, plastered, and papered. 

Mr. William Hanger, above, is a farmer, residing on the 
Corydon Pike, near Edwardsville, Indiana, a member of the 
board of county commissioners and a prominent citizen. They 
have a bright, intelligent family, mostly girls. Maud and Jessie 
are teachers in the public schools. 

Susan Jordon— Branch Three. 

Susan Jordon was born about 1816, and died about 1841. She 
was united iu marriage to Jerry Grcsham. She seems to have 
given birth to two girls, Caroline and Joanna, and then to have 
died, leaving no history. The girls died in infancy. 

A Praykr. 

"In the Great Hand of Cod I Stand." 

Maker of earth, and ruler of the sky — 
That twirls the stars in orbits true, 

Scanning all space, Thy watchful eve 
Doth note the sun and sparrow too — 

Thou sleepest not ; and safe I lie 
In the great hollow of Thy hand. 


Uphold the earth fieneath my l>cd — 

High hold the clouds nlxwe my head— 
And when the morning gilds the land, 
And wakes the world, if I still sleep, 
. Still o'er me then Thy vigils keep, 
And quick or dead, I know I stand 
Safe in the hollow of Thy mighty hand. 

— E, A. Shields, 

April 28, 1878. 

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John Wesley Nance— Limb Nine. 

John Wesley Nance was born in Virginia about 1792. He 
was married to Cloe Mitchell, his second cousin, she being the 
daughter and name sake of Cloa Nance Mitchell, first cousin of 
our ancestral head. When or where they were married is 
unknown. He must have died in August or September, 1821, 
after the date of his father's will, July 28, and before October 1, 
for on that date letters of administration were grauted to settle 
his estate. Levi Burton and the widow, Cloe Nance, were 
granted letters of administration. He must have died in Harri- 
son county, for the estate was settled there. He owned eighty 
acres in Floyd county, adjoining his brother, Clement, on the 
west. He had two "infant children," Polly and William. 
Edmond Gwin was appointed guardian of the children. The 
estate was closed in full, October 9, 1824. The guardian of the 
children married the widow, November 11, 1821. The two chil- 
dren are named below as branches : 

Mary Kelso, ' William. 

Mary Nance-Kklso — Branch One. 

Mary (Polly), was called "an infant," in the settling of her 
father's estate. She was reared by her mother and guardian, as 
mentioned above. She must have married Moses Kelso, before 
September 13, 1832, for on that date he receipted for money from 
the estate of Clement Nance, signing for Mary, his wife. He 
also receipted for J. W. Nance, from same estate, in 1837. Noth- 
ing more is known of this couple except that he is called "Rev. 
Kelso," and she is said to have gone blind, Dr. Mitchell treating 

William Nance— Branch Two. 

William Nance was no doubt born in Harrison county, or 
Floyd county. He was no doubt married in that part of the 

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state, for the Sparks family were a pioneer family of that section. 
He was married to Elizabeth Sparks. They lived in Sullivan 
and Parke counties, Indiana. He died at Bridgeton, Parke 
county, October 3, 1888. Eight children were born to this 
couple, none living at the date of my information, March 31, 
1897. They are named below as twigs : 


John Wesley, w.. d. 1881 ( Mary, h 

Kachel Kyers ' 

2nd w. Kate Manly. ( 1 dead. 

Mary, h.. d. 

Wilson Hunt \ William. 

i 2 dead. 
William, died in civil 

Benjamin, died in civil 

Robert, died in civil war. 

William A., w. 
I„illie Dunn 

Alt>ert S., w.d. 1S9G 

Nancy K,. Davissou { I,eona. 

Sullivan, Illinois. Daniel II. 

Thomas P. 
, Albert C. 
Henry, w., d. 
Uiura Marshall, d j r^na, killed in .term. 



j Harvey, 
j Cole. 

Albert K. 


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Elizabeth Nance-Richardson — Limb Ten. 

Elizabeth Nance, whose picture is herewith shown, was born 
in Virginia, in 1793. She was married before she was fourteen. 
Being a mere child it is not to be wondered at that the marriage 

proved a very unfortunate 
one. After a very few 
years of great privation, 
her father took her home 
and cared for her and her 
two sons. She was married 
four times, and outlived all 
her husbands. Her first 
husband was Isaac Richard- 
son, by whom she had two 
children. She was next 
married to Anderson Long, 
April 5, 18 13, Patrick 
Shields performing the 
ceremony. To this union 
were born five children. 
Mr. Long died at the age 
of thirty-two, in Floyd 
county, Indiana. Her 
third husband was Joseph 
Walden, a "Yankee school- 
master." To this couple 
was born one child. John. 
Benson was her last hus- 
no issue. These eight chil- 


band. From this union there was 
dren are named below as Limbs. 

Grandma Benson, by which name she was known in the later 
3 T ears of her life, when the author knew her, was a wonderful 
character ; well posted in all matters in her day ; decided in her 

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politics and religion. A walking encyclopaedia of information, 
well versed in history. She had a wonderful memory, therefore 
a source of knowledge. Even in her old age, her mind was fresh 
and vigorous. Her children, grandchildren, and great grand- 
children often went to her for knowledge of events that happened 
in early days, and she was always able, ready and willing to give 
what they desired. Aaron A. Richardson, of Wellington, Kan- 
sas, grandson, to whom I am indebted for most of this informa- 
tion, says : 

I often tell people, when showing her picture, "Grandma Benson was 
the best posted woman I ever saw." 

The author, when a student at Eureka college, spent several 
months at the same home with Grandma Benson. He well 
remembers the quiet, cheerful disposition, the kindly words, and 
above all, the blessed Bible which grandma spent so much time in 
reading. Early in life she espoused the religion of the Master as 
taught by her illustrious father, and throughout her long life was 
always true to her early faith, living and dying a faithful mem- 
ber of the Christian church. Iu 1836, she came to Eureka, Illi- 
nois, then called Walnut Grove. This was ever after, her home. 
Grandma passed into rest at the home of her daughter, Susan 
Long Mitchell, August 13, 1872, and was buried at Mount Zion. 
A granite stone marks her resting place. 

Aaron Richardson, James Madison Richardson, 

William Long, Mar> Jane Long-Bullington, 

Julia Ann Long-Oatman, Martha Long-Jennings, 
• Susan Long- Mitchell, Nancy Walden-Harper. 

Aaron Richardson — Branch One. 

Aaron Richardson was born in Floyd county, Indiana, Jan- 
uary 23, 1808. He was united in marriage with Margaret Nance, 
limb seven, branch two, July n, 1833, and soon removed to 
Woodford county, Illinois. With his brother, James M., he laid 
out the village of Bowling Green, about six miles southeast of 
Eureka. At one time this was the largest town in the county, 
but now it is a corn field. He remained here in the mercantile 
and milling business until 1849, when he removed to Columbus, 
Adams county, and engaged in the mercantile business in part- 
nership with his cousin, Clement Nance (limb five, branch two). 
About the beginning of 1853, ne moved to Bloomiugton, Illinois, 
and went into the lumber business. In 183S, while residing at 


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Bowling Green, his wife died. One year later he returned to 
Floyd county, and married Mary Nance, sister of his first wife. 
To the first union were born four children, but one living, and to 
the »econd, four. Those coming to maturity are named below as 

Aaron Richardson is said to have been a man of great faith — 
one of God's most noble men. He early followed his mother into 


the Christian church, and ever proved faithful to his Master. He 
was a worthy father to his children who have become illustrious, 
and who have and are still making the world better by their 
living in it. He died at Bloomington, Illinois, August 10, 1854, 
at the age of forty-six, and was buried at Bowling Green, beside 
his first wife. 


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James Harvey, w. 18*4- 

Olive Davis Torrence . .. 

801 North 12th Street, 

Quincy, Illinois. 

Permelia, h., d. 

Harrison Ward 

lA Belle, Missouri. 

Alonzo, w. 
Myra Butz. 
2nd w. 


Albert Aaron, w. 

Mary Un lLinine 

. Quincy, Illinois. 

Carrie, h. 

Morris 1 loxsey 

Quincy, Illinois. 

James Harvey, w. 

Mary K. Grove 

Quincy, Illinois. 

John Torrence, 
Quincy, Illinois. 

Enimett Dean, w. 

Anna T. Austin 

Quincy, Illinois. 

William Douglas, w. 

Marion E. Masland 

Quincy, Illinois. 



I Mary. 
* Susie. 

J Olive. 

j Harvey George. 

1 Virginia. 

j Marian. 

I Adelaide Elisabeth 

Helen Dexter. 


Charles A., w. f Mary. 

Mary Roe J Louise. 

2nd w. Carrie Jencka. ] Lewis. 
La Belle, Missouri. [ Harrison. 

Mary, h. 

Alfred Call ( A. Harry, d. 

Gai North Spruce \ Winfield S. 

Street, Colorado 

Springs, Colorado. 

Lycurgus, never mar- 

f Olive. 
Rev. Wm. Franklin, w. Clement. 

I^ora Emerson < Joyce. 

Kansas City, Missouri. [ Bayard. 

[ Frank, d. 

Franklin A., w. 
Mary Hallman, d. 
2nd w. Katie Sanders. 
Greeufield, Iowa. 

Kay, Dr. 

Fort Angeles, Wash. 

Quincy, Illinois. 

j Hazel 


Quincy's Former Postmaster Died To-Day. 

James Harvey Richardson, Senior, Died of Dropsy and Heart Trouble This Morning 

After an Illness of Over Six Months. 

Eternal rest came shortly after four o'clock this morning to the tired 
frame of James H. Richardson, one of the foremost citizens of this com- 
munity. At all times since February last he has been considered a very sick 
man, and for the last month, at least, his death was anticipated at any time. 
Yesterday it was known that the end was immediately at hand, and the 
family were gathered alxnit the bedside all afternoon and night. This morn- 
ing, just as the gray dawn was breaking in the east, his spirit took its flight 
and the vigil was over. Until this year he was as strong, rugged, and virile 
a figure as the heart could wish. He was a large- framed, stalwart person 
and seemed the embodiment of good health and spirits. But with advanced 
years came the break-down, and the heart ceased to perform its full func- 


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tions. Then came dropsy and gradual dissolution. Through it all he had 
been a patient sufferer, and even with the seal of death on his brow, his 
innate urbanity and cheerfulness did not abandon him. 

James H. Richardson was born at New Albany, Indiana, March 25, 1834, 
and was therefore in his sixty-seventh year. His parents came to Illinois 
when he was an infant, settling first at Bowling Green. They came to 
Adams county al>out 1840, and the father of the deceased was associated with 
the late Clement Nance in the conduct of a general store in Columbus, which 
in those days was the rival of Quincy for the location of the county seat. 
After receiving an education in the public schools of that day, young Rich- 
ardson began the study of law, entering first the office of the well known 
firm of Edmunds & Warren. When he was admitted to the bar he located 

at Marysville, Missouri. This 

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was in 1857. In a very short 
time he removed to Eureka, Illi- 
nois, and in 1862 came to Quincy, 
and this city has been his home 
from that day to this. 

Within a very short time 
after locating in Quincy, he was 
elected city attorney, and filled 
his position with credit and 
ability. It was by him that the 
city code was first compiled, and 
the work lasted many years. 
He then formed a partnership 
with the late Judge Henry h. 
Warren and Colonel Thomas 
Thoroughman, and the firm had 
an extensive legal practice. 
When this partnership was dis- 
solved, he associated himself 
with the late Senator Anitzen. 
In iS7oand 1872, he represented 
the district in the state senate, 
having l>een elected to succeed 
Samuel R. Chittenden. There 
were four sessions of this assem- 
bly, and in all the deliberations Senator Richardson took an active and 
honorable part. When Grover Cleveland was first elected president, he 
named Mr. Richardson as postmaster for Quincy. It was during his term 
that Quincy was made an all night office. Prior to that time all mails closed 
at nine o'clock. He furnished a business like and popular administration of 
postal affairs and retired from the office with credit when the new president 
came in. After that he and his sons organized the Richardson Lubricating 
Company, and with this his connection continued until death. For much of 
the time he was on the road for the firm, and he was recognized as one of the 
most successful business representatives in his line in the country. The 
deceased imbibed his democracy in the days of Andrew Jackson, and stood 



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by his colors to the end. He was always active in politics and labored reg- 
ularly for the cause at the polls, in committee and on the stump. So late as 
the last campaign he went through the country making speeches, and he 
was recognized as a forceful and eloquent debater. 

The deceased was married on September S, 1857, to Miss Olive Torrence, 
a daughter of the late Dr. John Torrence. The widow survives, as also a 
daughter, and five sous. The sons are all identified with the father in the 
business of the Lubricating Company. 

Mr. Richardson was a member of the Christian church since 1SS5, and 
was a thirty-second degree Mason as well. 

In all the relations of life he was an upright and honorable man. His 
family affairs were of the most genial order and he was a kind and devoted 
husband and father. In the passing of James Harvey Richardson, the city 
has lost one of its most faithful and earnest citizens, ami the sympathy of 
the entire community is extended to this most worthy family. — The Quiney 
Daily Herald, September iS, /90/. 

Rev. William Franklin Richardson. 

W. F. Richardson, twig, the fourth and last child of Aaron 
and Mary Nance Richardson, was born in Columbus, Adams 
county, Illinois, June 30, 1852. The next year his parents 
removed to Bloomington, same state, and the following year his 
father died. In 1856, the mother with her children, moved to 
Eureka. Here Frank received his entire schooling. From 185S 
to 1866, in the public schools, and from 1872 to 1876, in Eureka 
college, graduating with degree of A. B. He received the degree 
of A. M. three years later. In 1896 Drake University conferred 
the degree of LL. D. upon him. The years 1S66 to 1S72 were 
spent in.Quincy, working for the support of himself and his 

The author first knew Frank at Eureka in 1866. He has 
always said he believed Frank to have been the sweetest, noblest, 
manliest boy of fourteen he has ever known. It is not believed 
that Frank ever sowed any "wild oats." The boy was a true 
prophecy of the man. 

He was married to Miss Leora M. Emerson, at Decatur, Illi- 
nois, May 24, 1877, they having been classmates at Eureka, 
graduating together. She is a daughter of the late Judge Emer- 
son, of Decatur. She has proved herself a most noble woman, a 
helpmate for her husband. 

This union has beeu blessed with five children as per table 
above, the youngest, Frank, dying at the age of two. 

He entered the ministry of the Christian church while a stu- 
deut at Eureka. His pastorates have been as follows : Pontiac, 


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Illinois, four years, 1875 to 1879; Assumption, Illinois, three 
years, 1879 to 1882 ; Grand Rapids, Michigan, five years, Decem- 
ber, 1884, to February, 1890; First Christian church, Allegheny, 
Pennsylvania, two years, February, 1890, to April, 1892; Central 
Church, Denver, Colorado, two and a half years, April, 1892, to 
October, 1894 ; First Christian church, Kansas City, Missouri, 
October, 1894, to the present, the pastorate still continuing. 



These churches are the leading ones of the Christian church in 
the cities where they are located, in places where there are more 
than one. 

Cousin Frank has been president of State Missionary Boards 
in the states of Michigan, Colorado, and Missouri. He was 
president of the American Christian Missionary Society at its 
Jubilee convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1899. 

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I find in the Lookout, of November, 1898, a sketch of Cousin 
Frank, over the signature of P. Y. Pendleton, from which I quote 
as follows : 

For more than a decade the name of Brother W. F. Richardson has stood 
among the leaden of the Disciples of Christ. * * * He united 
with the church at Eureka, while a small lad of ei^Iit years, under the 
preaching of Brother Washington Houston, and was baptized by Dr. J. M. 
Allen. Soon after entering Eureka college, he began to preach for the 
churches 'round about, and very largely paid his way through college by 
means of their generous remuneration. His first pastorate after graduating 
was at Pontine, Illinois, where he had been preaching regularly for a year 
and a half of his school course, and where he remained two and a half years 
longer, closing his labors in March, 1S79. He spent the next three years 
with the church at Assumption, Illinois. Early in the third year of his 
labors there, his voice began failing him, as a result of congestion of the 
vocal cords and a slight stroke of paralysis in them. Before the close of that 
year he was compelled to abandon the work of the ministry, having almost 
wholly lost the power of speech. In the spring of 1882, he went to Denver, 
Colorado, and was in secular business for nearly three years. In December, 
1884, his voice having lieen restored to him, he accepted a call to the church 
at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He spent five very happy years with that 
church, during which time their present house of worship was erected. In 
February, 1890, he began his pastorate with the church of Allegheny, 
Pennsylvania, which lasted but a little more than two years, the climate prov- 
ing very hurtful to his throat, and threatening him with a return of his 
former trouble. It was during this pastorate that we learned to know atid 
love Brother Richardson, and we bear personal testimony to the joy with 
which he was welcomed, and the jiorrow with which he was suffered to 
depart. From Allegheny he went to Denver, and from thence to his present 
charge at Kansas City, Missouri. Brother Richardson is a clear and vigor- 
ous thinker, a pleasing and forcible speaker. He never stoops to the sensa- 
tional, ami never needs to do so. His strength lies in his wholesomeness, 
and his sermons have the flavor of the first Psalms, for they leave you con- 
tent with God's present providences, and cheerfully hojK-ful as to his future 
designs. Brother Richardson is a man of excellent balance, and his charac- 
ter is symmetrically develojK-d, and on a large scale at that. He got his 
reputation and influence by no accident, and he will lose them by no slight 

I cannot do better than to close this sketch by giving in full 
a letter from J. H. Garrison, editor of the Christian Evangelist, 
St. Louis, Missouri, one of the leadiug weekly papers of the 
Christian church, who has been intimately associated with Cousin 
Frank from his boyhood. The author had seen numerous edi- 
torial references to Cousin Frank in the Christian Evangelist for 
several years, but had none at hand. So he wrote to the editor 
lor a statement of his estimate of the man. The following is the 
reply : 


Tin? Nancr Memorial. 

Geo. W. Nance, Dear Brother: Referring to your note asking a few 
words concerning Brother Richardson, I submit the following : . 

I have known W. F. Richardson from his early young manhood. As a 
young man he was sunny-hearted, cheerful, industrious, and devoted to the 
church. As a minister of the gosj)el he has risen steadily in the confidence 
and esteem of the brotherhood. His chief characteristics are clearness of 
thought, the utmost sincerity in his religious convictions, single-hearted 
devotion to the cause he loves, unselfish service, and all-round view of and 
care for our general interests and opeii-miudedncss to receive whatever new 

truth God may show 
to him. He is in 
every way a lovable 
man, well poised in 
judgment and char- 
acter and a tower of 
strength to the cause 
of primitive Christi- 
anity. Long may 
his valuable life be 
spared to preach 
the unsearchable 
riches of Christ, and 
to minister to the 
manifold needs of 
his fellowmen. 
Yours fraternally, 
J. H. Garrison. 

Franklin A. 
Ward, bud above, 
whose picture is 
shown herewith, 
was born on Jan- 
uary 23, 1873, at 
Quincy, Illinois. 
He enlisted in 
Company B, 23rd 
United States 
infantry, Febru- 
ary 8, 1890/ and was discharged August 1, 1892. He re-enlisted 
November 12, 1896, and was discharged in Jolo, Philippine 
Islands, November 12, 1899. He served in the Philippines from 
June, 1898, to November, 1899. He participated in the follow- 
ing engagements : Assault upon and capture of Manila, skirmish 
near Maraqtiina, assault and capture of Caloocan, assault and 
capture of Malinta, fall of Mellibon, Fonda outbreak, first expe- 
dition to the lake "Goagunda De Bey." 


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Returning from the Philippine Islands, he married Miss Katie 
Sanders, and settled down at Greenfield, Iowa. He is a deacon 
in the Christian church, a member of the Masonic order, the Odd 
Fellows, and is a prohibitionist. Follows house paiuting and 
decorating as a business. Frank is at present district deputy 
Grand Master of the Odd Fellows. 

James Madison Richardson— Branch Two. 

James Madison Richardson was born in Floyd county, Indiana, 
June 10, 1810. When a smalt child, his father and mother sepa- 
rated. He lived with his 
mother and grandfather until 
he was eight, when his father 
took him to Ohio, where he 
remained until he was sixteen, 
when he ran away and went 
to Canada. His father learn- 
ing of his whereabouts, came 
after him, but he eluded him 
and returned to New Albany, 
walking most of the way. He 
remained with his mother and 
step-father until he married. 
This event took place May 
30, 1830, when he was but 
twenty. The bride was Nancy 
Russell. The next year this 
couple decided to try for a 
home farther west. On Octo- 
ber 3, 1831, they landed at 
the home of Johu and Nancy 
Oatmau (limb six), at Walnut 
Grove, now Eureka, Illinois. 
Their earthly possessions at this time consisted of one horse, one 
one-horse wagon, and thirty-seven cents in money. He had 
attended school just three months and nine days. When he was 
married he could not write his own name. He soon found that to 
do business he must learn to write. In a short time he could 
write a fair hand. In connection with his brother, Aaron, as 
mentioned elsewhere, he began a business career at Bowling 
Green, which continued until 1850, when he moved to a farm 



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adjoining Secor, and but a few miles from Bowling Green, and 
dealt in stock quite extensively, until 1870, when he was afflicted 
with cancer, which finally caused his death. He was fortunate in 
his business life and amassed an abundance of this world's goods. 
He was couuty commissioner of Woodford county during the 
building of the court house at Matamora. Although very insig- 
nificant now, it was counted 
a very fine structure at that 
time, and still stands, a mon- 
ument to honest material and 

Mr. Richardson was a 
Nance in everything but 
name. His ideals of man- 
hood were of the most 
exalted. He had confidence 
in humanity. His hand and 
his heart were ever open to 
the needy. He was out- 
spoken in his politics and 
religion. He was not a 
public speaker, but a deep 
thinker and a fine conver- 
sationalist. His utterances 
were very rapid, a character- 
istic of so many of the 
Nances. He never wavered 
in his convictions, nor tem- 
pered his utterances for the 
sake of popularity. The author's Sunday or vacation visits at 
the home of "Uncle Jim and Aunt Nancy," while a student at 
Eureka college, were a joy in anticipation and reflection, as well 
as in fruition. 

In politics he was a democrat. In religion he was a life long, 
consistent, and faithful member of the Christian church. I am 
not informed as to the time or place in which he became a Chris- 
tian. Six children were born to this union, named below as twigs. 
Mr. Richardson departed this life August 12, 1875, and was 
buried at Secor, within seven miles of which place he spent the 
last forty-four years of his life. His life's companion survived 
him over ten years. 










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Charles R„ w., d. 
Sarah McCord, d. 

Elizabeth, h. 
James Jennings 
Dowes, Iowa. 

' James M. 

Emma Belle, h. 

Chas. H. Bowman 

Argentine, Kansas. 

William A. 
Chas. L,ee. 



j Ella B. 

2nd w. Meriba E. Avise.d 

Russell A., w. 

I.ucy K. I. Methudy j Chas. E. M. 

610 Chestnut Street, ( Russell K. 

St. I«ouis, Missouri. 

I Meriba E. 

Jas. Sam'l Bonificld, w. 

Ethel Crater ) E | ' 

Dowes, Iowa. 1 turn. 

lizzie, h. 
Chas. Burger, 
Dowes, Iowa. 

Maggie, h. 
John I.yinon. 

Clarence, w. 

May , 

Dowes, Iowa. 

William k . w. 
Nancy Butler.... 
So. or, Illinois. 

Aaron A., w. 

Martha McKee.. 

Wellington, Kansas. 

f Mary, h. 

II. M. Sinclair 

Kearney, Nebraska. 

Eldora, h. 

J. W. Cook 

Webb, Iowa. 


Margaret, h., d. 

Jas. W. Robeson / 

Heyworth, Illinois. 

Eva C. at home. 

f Ida May. h. 

Win. H. Claggett 

Lexington, Illinois. 

Dr. Edwin J., w. 
l,ola Bush, 

264 West 139th Street, 

New York City. 

Dr. I/>uis R. 
Enid, Oklahoma. 

Charles A., w. 
Mary Walter, 
Jennings, Louisiana. 

Dr. T. Jay. w. 
Frances Harper, 
Chicago, Illinois. 

Stella K.. h. 
Edw. F. liogart. 
Chicago, Illinois. 

Nancy, h. 

Aliada Dickinson ( 

Itloomington, Illinois. '( 

f "D." w. 



James R. 

1 San ford R. 
■< Josephine. 

Frances I 

Herbert Aliada. 

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Peoria, Illinois. 

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Russell A v i s e 
Richardson, bud 
above, is a dealer in 
real estate in St. 
Louis, Missouri, own- 
ing much property in 
the city and in East 
St. Louis, on the Illi- 
nois side of the Mis- 
sissippi. Himself and 
family are shown 
herewith. The author 
regrets his inability to 
say any more, believ- 
ing him worthy, but 
knowing nothing. 

Aaron A. Richard- 
son, now residing at 
Wellington, Kansas, 
and secretary of the 
Southern Kansas 
Mutual Insurance 
Company, was born 
at Bowling Green, 
Illinois, October 23, 
1837. He became a 
member of the Chris- 
tian church at the age of ten, being baptized by "Uncle Jimmy 
Robeson," named elsewhere in this volume. He has always been 
active in church work. He was superintendent of the Sunday 
school at Secor for twenty-one years. This was a large and 
influential school at the time. About three hundred were taken 
into the church from the Sunday school during these twenty-one 
years. W. F. Richardson gives his cousin, Aaron, credit largely 
for his having become a minister of the gospel. Not only did he 
give him the moral support and encouragement that a poor boy 
needs so many times while battling his way through school, but 
his purse was ever open to supply his needs. O, that his gener- 
ation might increase. 

After remaining near the place of his birth for forty-three 
years, he removed to Pontiac, Illinois, where his children grew to 
maturity. After remaining in Pontiac eleven years, he removed, 




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in 1891, to his present home. He owns several large farms but 
does not attend personally to their cultivation. 

Aaron A. Richardson and Martha McKee were united in mar- 
riage December i6, 1857. His choice of a companion was a good 
one. She is worthy of him. They have four living children 
(three having passed away in childhood), and be it said in their 
praise, they are following in the foot steps of the four generations 

that have preceded 

Ida May Clag- 
gett, of Lexington, 
Illinois, was the 
moving spirit in 
the reorganization 
of the church at 
Lexington, and she 
is just as active in 
its support. 

Dr. Edwin J. 
Richardson, of New 
York City, attend- 
ed the University 
of New York. He 
took highest medal 
in surgery. He 
practiced one year 
in the Sixty-fifth 
Street hospital, and 
holds a place on the 
board of health of 
the city. He has a 
fine practice, and is 
very active in 
church work in the Leuox avenue Church of Christ, New York 

Louis Richardson is a young man of most noble character. 
He is a dentist by profession. Took high honors in his school, 
The Chicago College of Dental Surgery. Has practiced several 
years in Chicago. He is also a very fine singer. Refused an 
offer of sixty-five dollars per week for thirty-five weeks, last year, 
from the Park Opera Company, preferiug to sing the praises of 


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his God in the churches of the city. He has recently located at 
Enid, Oklahoma, owing to a throat trouble and to be near his 
parents in their reclining years. 

Charles A. , was educated at Eureka college ; is cashier of a 
large Rice Mill Company at Jennings, Louisiana. 

Sanford R. Claggett, blossom, or "S. R.," as he is universally 
called, is a cadet in the State Military School at Lexington, Vir- 
ginia. He is a model young man. He has the distinction of 
being the sixth continuous generation, all members of the Chris- 
tian church, and within a period of about seventy-five years. 
However, there are others having the same distinction. 

William Long— Branch Thrkk. 

William Long was born in Floyd county, Indiana, December 
15, 1816. He died January 6, 1847. He was married to Nancy 
Tucker, June 23, 1836. They resided at Bowling Green and 
Mount Zion, Illinois, and later removed to Missouri, where he 
died. The family returned to a farm near the Mount Zion 
church, where the children were reared. The mother died in 
1SS1. They were members of the Christian church. They were 
the parents of four children, named below as twigs : 

Lizzie M. h.. 1837 

Winton Oarlock I v , „ • .„„„ 

Carlock. Illinois. ) No issue. 

James \\\, 1810-1862, died 
in war. 

William A., w. 

l.ncinda Kllis. d i N , 

L'ml w. Mrs. Jennie Car- ( wo l!,sue ' 
Carlock, Illinois. 

Hardin S.. w., 184.V1889 ( I'carl. h. 
Minnie M. Short rid go. .. < Dr. Jns. T. Wyatt, 
Carlock, Illinois. ( Kurvka, Illinois. 

Lizzie M. Long was born in Woodford county, Illinois, near 
Eureka, March 29, 1837. She was educated at Eureka college. 
She was a public school teacher in her native county for fourteen 
years, and held the reputation of being one of the very best teach- 
ers in the county. She was state organizer of the Christian 
Woman's Board of Missions for several years in the early days of 
its work. She has resided in her native county all her life. She 
has been an active member of the Christian church from early 
life. She was married to Winton Carlock, an old and respected 
citizen of the village bearing his name, July 28, 1900. 

Winton Carlock was born April 28, 18 19, in Tennessee, and 
came to Illinois with his parents in 1827, settling in the vicinity 

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of the present village of Carlock, which has been his home ever 


since. He has ever been active in politics, always a democrat. 
He was justice of the peace for twenty years, aud has also held 
the offices of commissioner of highways, overseer of roads, and 
supervisor of Woodford county for several terms. 

Throughout life he has been a consistent and active member 
of the Christian church, and in 1836, aided in the organization of 
the Carlock church, in company with James Palmer, William 
Davenport, and James Robeson, all pioneer Christian preachers. 
Kor thirty-five years he has served as elder of the church. Mr. 
Carlock was twice previously married, and is the father of a large 
family, all grown and away from home. Most of them live in the 

This couple entered the married state late in life, but they 
seem to be as happy a couple as any. The author and his family 
recently spent a very pleasant Lord's day with them in their 
pleasant home. 

William Anderson Long, twig above, has spent most of his 
life in railroad bridge building. Is now in the lumber business 
in Carlock, where he has built him a fine home. 

Hardin S. Long, twig above, is the only one of the family »o 
have an issue, his daughter, Pearl, being the only child of the 
Long family. Since the death of Hardin, the widow has made 
her home with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie Long-Carlock. All 
the Long family are members of the Christian church. 

Pearl Long, bud, was born in Mount Zion, Illinois, November 
5, 1874. She was educated at Washington, Illinois, graduating 
from the high school in 1893, and from the business department 
of Kureka college, in 1894. She was united in marriage with 
Dr. James T. Wyatt, August 13, 1895. 

The doctor was born in Lexington, Indiana, August 23, 1S6S. 
He graduated from the St. Louis University, in 1896. He settled 
at once in Kureka, Illinois, and began the practice of medicine. 
He has been eminently successful, building up a large practice. 
In 1 901 he built the Kureka hospital, an institution which is 
proving not only the wisdom of the doctor, but also a great l>oon 
to those who enter its portals. Such an institution is needed in 
every community, but few cities the size of Eureka are so blessed. 


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Mary Jane Long-Bulungton— Branch Four. 

Mary Jane Long was 
born in New Albany, Indi- 
ana, September 9, 18 14. 
It is said she was the first 
child born in the present 
limits of New Albany. She 
was married to Robert 
Bullington, November 24, 
1 83 1. In 1833 they re- 
moved to Illinois, settling 
at Walnut Grove, now 
Eureka. With the excep- 
tion of seven years spent in 
Missouri, she dwelt in 
Kureka until 1868, when 
she and her family moved 
to Shelby county, Illinois. 
She was a faithful and con- 
sistent member of the 
Christian church for forty 
years. The author spent 
two years in her home while 
a student at Kureka college. 
She was a genuine mother to her student boys. She was a woman 
of great executive ability, as is well known by all who knew her 
in her home. She died in Shelby county, August 23, 18S2, lack- 
ing but sixteen days of being seventy-eight years of age. Eight 
children were born to this couple, those growing to maturity are 
named below as twigs : 



James Cooler, w., 1837- 


S. Elizabeth Henderson. 


Eva May, h. 
Frank rugate. 

Gunnison, Colorado. 

Dr. T. Roy, w. 

Katharine Foster 

Attica, Indiana. 

C. Burt. w. 
Emma K. Early, 

Attica, Indiana. 
Martha A., h. 

K Eureit minoU: \ *»*** T., at home. 



] James Carrol. 

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Aaron C, w. 

Mt.Hit- I«eonard, d.... 

Walnut. MliiioU. 
2nd w. Atlanta Make. 

Bernlce, h. 

Chat*. Ash more 

Mansfield, Illinois. 

Robert Henry, w. 

Nancy Smith 

Tower Hill, Illinois. 


Claude, w., IM7 

liva Ktiupp 

Klliutt, Illinois. 




Klsie, 1895. 
Ivlith, d. 

Ora R., w. 

I.ydia Knupp 




Samuel M.. w. 
Mollie I'aubcr, 
Siltlcy, Iowa. 

Mollie S.,h. 

Harvey 1 'at ten 

Assumption, Illinois. 

Carrie A., h. 
Samuel K. Smith, 
Sterling, Colorado. 

Julia P., h. 

Ora Maze 

Tower Hill, Illinois. 


Olive E., h. 
A. M. Hall. 

Minnie A., h. 
J. 1,. Argubright. 



Hula, h. 

Frank M. Orandy, 
Assumption, Illinois. 

Maude O. 


Fern A. 
I-.ntalia R. 

Rot*rt H. 

James Cooper Burlington was born at Walnut Grove, now 
Eureka, Illinois, May 25, 1837. He was married to Sarah E. 
Henderson, at Litchfield, Illinois, July 19, 1863. He was a con- 
tractor and builder for some years at Eureka, until injured in the 
hips so as to prevent hard work. He then studied telegraphy, 
and was an operator for some years. While engaged in this work 
he took up the study of medicine. He then took a course in the 
Cincinnati Eclectic college, and later graduated from the Indian- 
apolis Eclectic college. He practiced two years at Strasburg, 
Illinois, and in 1878 he located at Attica, Indiana, and built up a 
large practice. During the last few years he did only office work, 
while his son, Roy, did the riding. He was a member of the 
Christian church from early manhood. A local paper says of him : 

Dr. Burlington was one of the most successful physicians in Attica. A 
quarter of a century in the practice of medicine had gained for him more 
than a local reputation, his skill l>eing known and patients coming from 
several surrounding counties. In his death there is ended a well rounded 
career. As a physician he was an unqualified success. As a business man 
he was energetic, honest and honorable, and through good management and 


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frugality lie had laid up a comfortable competence. As a friend he was true, 
obliging and generous to a fault. With a smile and a happy "good morn- 
ing" for all, his cherry disposition spoke volumes of the warm heart that 

beat within his 
breast. Attica has 
lost one of the most 
stalwart citizens 
and Dr. Burling- 
ton's death removes 
one of the city's 
most honorable and 
respected men. 


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Dr. Burling- 
ton departed this 
life at his home 
in Attica, March 
15, 1903. His 
wife and four 
children survive 
him. One sweet 
child, Maud, 
passed on before 
him. His only 
living daughter, 
Mrs. Frank Fu- 
gate, resides at 
Gunnison, Colo- 
rado. Dr. Roy 
continues the 

practice of his father, having been associated with him for a num- 
ber of years. The remaining son, Bert, removed into the home- 
stead to care for the mother while she remains to bless and cheer 
her children. 

The author spent many a social hour at the home of Cousins 
"Jim" and "Lib," while a student at Eureka college. 

Julia Long-Oatman — Branch Five. 

Julia Ann Long was born in Indiana in 18 18. She died in 
Missouri, in 1877. She was married to John Oatman, junior, in 
Woodford county, Illinois, about 1840. Most of her married life 
was spent in Texas. She was the mother of thirteen children, 
for an account of which, see branch nine, of limb six. She was 
a life long member of the Christian church. 

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Martha Long-Jennings— Branch Six. 

Martha May I/>ng was born December 21, 182 1, and died 
May, 1872. Martin Jennings was born February. 14, 1818, and 
died February, 1872. They were married in 1842 ; lived all their 
married life in Woodford county, Illinois, dying where they had 
lived, but a few months apart. They were farmers, members of 
the Christian church, good citizens, and respected by all who 
knew them. They were the parents of seven children, those 
growing up are named below as twigs : 


William Orvil, w.,d. 
Mary Manor 

' Carey Eugene, d. 

Eme Bell, h. 
Jacob McClure. .. 



Franklin Boniful, w . d. 
Jennie C Burkhalter.... 
Paer, Texas. 

Arthusa Ann, h. 

John C. Allen, d 

Pleasanton, Kansas. 

2nd h. Chester Smith. 

Armeda Jane. h. 
Calvin E. Causey, d. 
Butte, Montana. 

( Kula Dean. 
< Berual l.eroy. 

( Cedric Andrew. 
Zella Grace, h. 
Hamilton. S Cecil May. 

» Arthur I.con. 
William Orvil. 

William l,ee. w. 
Caroline Braley. 

I.uella May, h. 
Wm. H. Burkhalter. 

Maude, d. 

f Frank, d. 
! Edgar R. 
] Cecil Floyd. 
|^ Ora. 

j William L,ee. 
| W cnnic. 

Forest I>ean, w. 
Gertrude Garner J 

Myrtle Belle, h. 
Byron Sanders ( 

Lctitia Pearle. 

I*ola May. 


Cora May, h. 

Elmer Smith 

Pleasanton, Kansas. 

John Martin, w. 

Minnie Olive, d. 
Edgar Allen. 
Raymond C. Allen. 
Mary Frances Smith. 

John Frankliu, w. 

May White 

Salt l«ake City, Utah. 

f Nil 

< An 

( Ro 

na May. 
Ro»>crt Allen. 

j Mary Arthusa. 
) Jessie 

Calvin F. 

Charles Henry. 

Iva Florence, h. 

Treat M. Fleming 

Spokane, Washington. 

Cora Euphema. h. 

Chas. M. Reynolds 

Spokane, Washington. 

Angic May, d. 
Pearle i,elitia, d. 
Guy M. 
Calvin, d. 



l Virginia C. 
•( Sewell I,. 
( Howard M. 


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Artela Elizabeth, h., d. 
Wm. B. Oatman 

Edgar Douglas, d. 

Ix-titia Bell. h. 
Dr. T. R. Butler. .. 

Carlos C. S. 
Clarence Evelyn. 

John Orvil, w. 

I«aula Belle, h. 
George Owens 




( Thos. Rudolph V., d. 
' Cecil Letitta Bell. 

Bearer City, Nebraska ( Carey Pharaba May. 

It gives the author pleasure to present herewith a likeness of 
Cousin Media Causey, twig. Ties of friendship were formed 

during college 
days, that cease 
to break as 
age comes on, 
though we have 
met but twice 
within the last 
years. Mr. 
Causey was a 
college chum of 
the author, and 
his marriage to 
Cousin Media 
was a very 
h appy one. 
Their married 
life was serene, 
but cut off too 
soon by theeaily 
death of the lov- 
ing husband and 
father of her 



It was she 
who first urged the publication of the Nance family tree. She 
was also the first, some years later, to suggest the author's por- 
trait appear as a frontice piece ; and still later she was first to 
suggest that others of the family be requested to send in their 
photos for the work. 

Her sons are electricians, having charge of important plants 
in the Pacific States. 

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Susan Long -Mitch ell — Branch Seven. 

Susan Long was born near New Albany, Indiana, February 
16, 1820. In 1836 she came with her family to Walnut Grove, 
now Eureka, Illinois. The next year she was united in marriage 
with Wm. Mitchell. She 
continued to reside at 
Eureka, or Mount Z?on, 
near by, throughout all her 
life. She early became a 
Christian, uniting with the 
Christian church. She was 
peculiarly a home body. 
Very kind to her aged 
mother and to all aged peo- 
ple. She died September 30, 
1888, and was laid to rest 
beside her mother in the 
Mount Zion cemetery. 

Four children came to 
bless this union, for an 
account of which, see twig 
one, branch two of limb 

Nancy Walden-Harper, 
Branch Eight. 

Nancy Walden, the only 
child of Elizabeth and 

Joseph Walden, married William Harper. All that the author 
has been able to learn of the family, is given below. The parents 
seem to have died early, and the children to have scattered. 



Helen, h. 
Reuben Dale. 

I .mil a h. 

las. Hitlse. 

£nd h. ("peo. Hammer*. 


Louisa, h. 

Mary, h. 
C S. Smith. 
Shelbyvilte, Illinoia. 





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James Reed Nance — Limb Eleven. 

James Reed Nance was born in Virginia, January 5, 1795. 
Mary McNary was bom November 18, 1794. They were married 
June ii, 1815. Three children were born to this union before 
death took the mother, after a happy married life of about six 

On June 20, 1824, he was again united in marriage, this time 
with Miss Nancy Chamberlain, "an interesting and aimable lady, 
the daughter of Pierce and Nancy Chamberlain." Miss Cham- 
berlain was born October 5, 1802. Five children were born to 
this couple. 

He was a farmer most of his life, residing in Floyd, Crawford, 
and Harrison counties. After his sons were grown, they and 
their father purchased a tannery at Laconia, Harrison county, 
which business the father carried on until the date of his death. 

In 1843, the father, mother, and six children, united with 
the Methodist Episcopal church. It is said he was virtuous, 
honest, honorable, and religious in all his walk and conversation. 

He died suddenly of apoplexy, February 19, 1849, in the full 
prime of life. His eight children are named below as limbs. He 
changed the spelling of his name to Nantz. 

Georia, Navaston, 

Orville, Versalia Inman, 

Alouzo, Kpervia Shields, 

Veuevia, William. 

Georia, branch one, was born near Marengo, Indiana, March 
27, 18 1 7. Was married to Mary Inman, and lived near Laconia, 
Indiana. At the time of the Morgan raid, during the war of the 
rebellion, he was captain of the Home Guard, and in attempting 
to prevent the crossing of the Ohio, into Indiana, of the raiders, 

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at Morvin landing, he was killed by a cannon ball, being the first 
killed north of the river during that raid. 

This couple had but one child, Althea, she dying in infancy. 
The widow still lives at West Point, Kentucky. 

Navaston, branch two, was joined in marriage to Charlotte 
Inman. They lived together nine years, when he died, leaving 
no issue. 

Twilight Musings. 

One by one our friends are leaving — 

Leaving earth, and us below ; 
One by one their cares and sorrows 

Vanish ; more they ne'er shall know. 

One by one their barques are drifted 

Out upon the silent tide ; 
One by one their souls to welcome 

Heaven's doors are opened wide. 

When they pass beneath its portal 

Joy and peace their portion sweet; 
Joy in kind unknown to mortal, 

God, and angels there to greet. 

Loved ones who in days gone by, 

Joined the heavenly ranks above; 
Loving watch and watching wait, 

Wait to welcome them in love. 

— Joa n na Sh Ulds- Warren. 

Thoughts in a Death Chamber. 

Why do we wait to watch a spirit leave its clay 

And know by failing breath and glazing eye 

The end is drawing near. No more the troubled sigh 

Shall rend the heaving breast nor weak tears fall. 

All this shall end forever, vanish all. 

Could we but follow where the spirit leads 

And gaze upon its joy, as free from earthly needs 

It glorious leaps into its heavenly place 

Transported there to gaze into its Saviour's face, 

How quickly would we dry our weeping eyes, 

And long to go up to our home above the skies. 

-J. S. W. 


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Orvilu? R. Nantz— Branch Three. 

Orville R. Nantz was born January 28, 182^. in Crawford 
county, Indiana. Sarah Katharine Beswick was born in Harri- 
son county, Indiana, March 24, 1828. They were married Sep- 
tember 2i, 1843. 

They removed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in an early day and 
continued to reside there during his life. lie joined the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church in Indiana, in 1843, and he was ever after 
faithful to his Master, and to the church of his choice. He was 
fairly successful in financial matters, having an abundance for 
himself and companion in their reclining years. 

In politics he was a staunch republican, though he never took 
an active part. He was an honorable, upright man, one whom 
everyone loved. Ten children blessed this union, those growing 
to maturity are named below as twigs. 

The father died at home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 
14, 1892, at the age of seventy-two. The mother resides in 
Minneapolis, and enjoys good health at the age of seventy-five. 


{ames I,., l*4y. w. 
Elizabeth Simmons i 

Kunsus Citv, Missouri. \ 




No issue. 

Thomas A., w. 

l^uura II. I'uytuii , 

Tetrc lluutc, Imliauu. 

Harvey A., w. 

lnurioru Mitt tin 

Stockwcll, Imliuna. 

George R., 1HM, w. 

Laura Bell j 

Terrc lluutc, Indiana, f 

f Frank A. 
I Goltlic M. 
\ Grace M. 
t Katharine G. 

oru I.. 
t)rvilk- W. 
William II. 
George Tliomaa. 

No issue. 

Orville A., w. 

Mumie Corliin 

Musou City, Iowa. 

Frank P., 18*57. w. 

Estella Tabour 

Miuueapolis, Minn. 

( Roy l\ 
< Ver^ie l,ee. 
( Kathnrine. 


Freeman P. 

Frank P. Nantz, twig above, is thirty-six years of age, and 
has resided in Minneapolis all his life. He has been practicing 
law for eleven years, and has a large and lucrative practice. He 
has a summer home on Lake Minnetonka, in which they reside 
during the summer months. He is a red hot republican and 
takes an active part in politics, doing considerable '•stumping" 
during campaigns. He is not a church member but attends the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 


Tim Nancr Mrmoriai,. 

George R. Nantz, twig above, is forty-five years of age. He 
was partially educated for the practice of law, but owing to ill 
health he had to give up school and office work for an open air, 
out-door life. His life has been spent largely in travel. Was 
two years in Florida and other southern states, three years in 
California and Utah, two years in Minnesota, but most of his life 
has been spent in Iudiana. He has recently removed to Cali- 
fornia where he expects to spend the remainder of his days. 

Thomas A. Nantz, twig above, is an attorney in Terre Haute, 
Iudiana, as is also his son, Frank A., bud. 




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Versaua Nancr-Inman— Branch Four. 

Versalia Nance was born April 7, 1825. She was the first 
issue from the second marriage of her father. She was married 
to Charles Inman, April 7, 1843, being the eighteenth return of 
her birthday. Her life has been spent in Harrison and Floyd 

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counties, Indiana. She lias been an earnest Christian for sixty 
years, joining the Methodist Episcopal church in 1843. I believe 
all her family are active Christian workers in same church to the 
present. Seven children came to bless this union, those gaining 
maturity are named below as twigs : 




Frank, w. 
Ida llelle Guthrie, 
New Albany, Indiana. 


Navaston, w. 

' Ernest 

Venevia, h. 

Clara Groves « 


I,acottia, Indiana. 

[ Ma reel la Gertrude 

Lacunia. Indiana. 

Gertrude, h. 
John McClarren, 
New Albany, Indiana. 



Navamon, died at 19. 

Blanche, 1875, at home. 

Mnry, h., d. 


William Ridley 

Clarence, cadet (Went 

Attorney at Corydon, ' 



, Ralph, 1892. 

Kpervia, h. ( Mat>el. 

J. II. I.ennnon. .• «, Versa I ia Maud. 

New Albany, Indiana. ( Nellie 

Charles W., w. 

Kmma liildebrand ( Kstyl. 

New Albany, Indiana. \ Harry. • 

Charles W. Inman, twig above, was born in Laconia, Harri- 
son county, Indiana, October 26, i860. He grew to manhood 
there, learning blacksmith ing and wagonmaking. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools. Took a business course in Terre 
Haute. For fifteen years he was traveling salesman for a whole- 
sale grocery firm, beginning at a salary of one dollar per day, and 
closing at two thousand five hundred dollars per year. In 1S98 
he began the manufacture of ice, and now has a large plant in 
Louisville, Kentucky, the National Ice and Cold Storage Com- 
pany, with a capital of one hundred thousand dollars. He was 
married on his birthday, October 26, 1887. They reside in New 
Albany in a fine residence of their own. Cousin Charles has been 
a Christian from early youth, a member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, having been ever active in church, Sunday school, 
and League. He has been Sunday school superintendent for 
many years, until very recently. Now he is League president. 

Epervia Nance, branch five, was born August 13, 1828. Was 
united in marriage with William T. Shields. She died at the 
birth of the first child, the child also dying in infancy. 

Venevia Nance, branch six, was born April 26, 1830, and died 
at the age of seventeen. 

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Giles Nance — Limb Twelve. 

Giles Nance was born in Virginia in 1797. Died in Missouri 
in 1854. Phebe Sellars was born in Virginia, October 28, 1798. 
Died March 12, 1888. They were married in 18 12. Moved to 
Illinois in 1835, and settled at La Harpe, which was their home 
thereafter. Eight children were born to this union, named below 
as branches. 

In 1S51, his son, Giles J., moved to Texas, the father going 
with him. He bought land, and on returning for his family, died 
in Missouri, as stated above. The mother lived a widow thirty- 
four years, dying near where she had lived for fifty-three years. 
For over half a century she was a member of the Christian church. 
The father was also a member of the same church. 

Admira Burton, John W., 

Mary Ann Wilkinson, James, 

Elizabeth Ebelsizer, Cooper, 

Phebe Ann j ~. e ^ ' Absalom. 

Admira Nance-Burton — Branch One. 

Admira Nance was born in Floyd county, Iudiana, May 6, 
1819. William Burton was born December 25, 18 1 2. They were 
married at La Harpe, Illinois, February 20, 1840. Lived on a 
farm two and a half miles north of Fort Madison, Iowa. Admira 
died February 15, 189S. William died December 27, 1899, on 
same farm. Eight children blessed this union, nambed below as 
twigs : 



James, w.. 1M2 I,ewis, w. 

Sarah Lanther ■{ Eva Harris. 

Fort Madison, Iowa. 

Harge. w. 
^ (ieorgie Harris. 

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Mayme. h. 

Tames, w .. 1W2 

Chas. Hart. 

Fort Madison, Iowa. 

Clara, h. 
l«oney Brown. 

lane, h , 1844. d. 


Mvrtle, h. 

Giles, w.. 1S45 



' William, w. 

J sham, w , 1H48 


I«ydia, h. 
L,ester Arnold... 


Anna, h., 1852 

Henry Eeight. 

2nd h. W. C. Andrew*. 

[ William. 

Ella, h., 18.*Ad. 




\ Fannie. 

Charles, w. 

Flo Kiddle. 





John W. Nance— Branch Two. 

John W. Nance was born about 1821. Married to Rosanna 
Reed, who died in 1895. Moved to Texas in 1851, and died there 
in 1886. Eight children were born to this union, named below 
as twigs : 


Giles J , 1844. w. 
Sarah J. Davis. . 


Ella J., h. 
Jas. H. Harris . 


Bertha M. 

1 Ro > • . 
(^ Minnie. 



Mattie K., h. 
Elbert F. Baker 

Georgia A.. 1870, h. 
Robt. M. Baker 

Mary M.. 1871. h. 
Cullen M. Douglas, 

Sidney J., 1873, w. 
Mattie V. Hogue ... 

Emma A., I87."». h. 
Malcom F. Bell. . . 

Walter. 1877. 
Edgar, 187y. 
Wilma B.. 1881. 
Jessie J., 188-i. 
Kobt. E. 1887. 
Allie D.. 1889. 

f Erl F. 
! Ruth J. 
\ Eula U. 
^ Aaron D. 

( Effie J. 

j Urbie. 
J Rudolph. 


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J. Lewis, 1*49. 

Emma, h. 
Charles King. 

JOHN \V. NANCE— Continued. 












:► Twins, d. 

Martha, h. 
Joel Lawrence. 


Phoebe, h. 
Alfred Baily. 


2nd h. Jas. Owens. 

Laura, d. 

Ella. h. 

Edward Falls. 







j Danville. 
I Ben ford. 

J Lee. 
I Velma. 


Mary Nance-Wilkinson — Branch Three. 

Mary Ann Nance was married to John Wilkinson. Lived 
about LaHarpe, Illinois. Died early in life. Two children were 
born to this union, named below as twigs : 


Phoebe, h. ( I^wrence. 

Jacob Painter \ Cora H. 

2nd h. Wm. Darlington. ( Ida M. 

Libbie. h. 

Pat Hickman . 



Tacy. h. 

Elephlet Hickman. 

f F 


1 Ross 
L Ogul 


Rubbie, h. 

Frank Kellogg \ Mae. 

( Koscoe. 

Lillie, h. 
I ^Knight j char1eg . 

James Nance — Branch Four. 

James Nance married Catharine Harris. Five children appear 
to have been born to this couple, named below as twigs. The 
family moved to Missouri during the civil war, and have not been 
heard from since. 










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Elizabeth Nance-Ebilsizer — Branch Five. 

Elizabeth Nance married Lewis Ebilsizer. Lived atBlandins- 
ville, Illinois. One child was born to this couple, named below 
as twig. Nothing more is known of the family. 


Columbus, w. 
l.iz/ic Merstone. 

Cooper Nance — Branch Six. 

Cooper Nance married Emeliue Stone. Four children appear 
to have been born to this union, named below. All we have been 
able to learn is below. He is said to be living near Kansas City, 
but we cannot locate him. 


Charles, w. 

\ 5 children. 


Anna, h. 
Perkins I 

4 children. 


Phoebe Nance-Pierpoint — Branch Seven. 

Phoebe Ann Nance's first husband was John Pierpoint, to 
whom was born one child. Her second husband was Thomas 
Slack, to whom was born two children. These three children are 
named below as twigs. Nothing more is known of any of this 


John PierjKiint, w. 
Lizzie Slack. 
Kittie Stack. 

Absalom Nance — Branch Eight. 

Absalom Nance, the last name in Part I., married Margaret 
Huddleson, and they are said to have had two children, but their 
names have not come to the author. Nothing more is known of 
this couple or their descendants. 

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The Chamberlain Family. 

As this family married so largely into the Nance family, the 
author has thought best to give history of the family, and show 
as well as he kuows, the family in the following table. 

Robert Chamberlain, whose wife was Margaret Stene, with 
his wife, were Quakers, or Frieuds. They were Pennsylvanians, 
living in a large brick residence at the time of the Revolution. 
Washington and his army came by one day and told them to flee, 
. for the British army was coming. They speedily mounted a horse, 
and snatching only their small valuables, vacated the home, and 
watched the British burn it. They were also eye witnesses to the 
battle of Brandywine. Among the valuables saved was a set of 
solid silver teaspoons, given the bride on her wedding day, by her 
brother, Robert Stene. These spoons are now distributed among 
the daughters of Jane Nance-Snider (branch six of limb seven.) 
These spoons descended from the original owner to her daughter, 
Patsey Chamberlain Nance, thence to the said Jane Nance-Snider. 
As heirlooms they are valued very highly. 

Said Robert and Margaret Stene Chamberlain, whom we will 
designate as trunk, were the parents of at least five children, four 
of whom are named below as limbs. Peggy Calhoun Nance, 
branch, was a first cousin of all the other brauches named, so her 
mother must have been a sister of the limbs. 


f Rol>ert. lTtti, w. 
Ann Woodruff 

Pierce. 1775, w. 

Nancy, h. 

Jas. R. Nance, see limb 



Nancy' -,1775 \ Polly (McNcff) | Sara'l McNeff, 

( New Albany, Indiana. 
Eliza (Richardson). 
William R. 

Minerva (Smith) i Spencer S.. 

I Albion, Nebraska. 
Spear S. 

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Pierce, 1775, w. 
Nancy , 1775.. 


Julia Ann. h. 

David Nance (branch 
seven of limb two.) 

I Melissa, 1830, (Wildes) . 

Margaret (Patsey), h. 

Clement Nance, jr I Umbierett< 

1 Hattie. h. 
» J. D. Nance. 




' John. 

Katharine, h. 
Mosias Nance, 
three, limb two. 

Margaret (Wolf). 

J Margaret Calhoun, h. 
) Dr. C. D. Nance, branch 
one, limb two. 

Frederick Nance. 

Nothing is known of this Frederick Nance, except that he is 
said to have been the brother of William How (Uncle Billy How) 
Nance. He had one daughter, Cloa Nance, who lived in Pittsyl- 
vania county, Virginia. She was married to William Mitchell, in 
said county, and was the mother of eleven children, named below 
as limbs. Said Cloa Nance-Mitchell, trunk, was first cousin of 
Clement Nance, senior, ancestral head of Part I. For this reason 
this table is placed in said Part I. 




Robert, (see limb ten, Part 



Ollva Mitchell, h. 


John Bullington < 





. Ann. 



Isaac, w. 

William H. 

James A. 

. Mary B. 

Klizabeth, h. 

1 Giles I.ansford. 

Jeff Uinsford. 
L Mary Kllis. 

2nd h. John Kllis. 

' John Scott, 

James M. 
Mary Ann. 

Samuel M. 

Giles, w. 

Nancy M. 

Stephen D. 

2nd w. Mary P. Tucker. 

Giles B. 

3rd w. Ann H. Scott. 

William A. 8. 

Kllcn A. 

Thomas B. 

I'leor^e 11. 

. Georgie Ann. 



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William, w. 

Mary Uogun 





Robert, w. 

Margaret Adams 

2nd w. Elizabeth Miller. 

Mary. h. 
I,evf Burton 

Cloa, h. 

J no. Wesley Nance, (sec 
limb nine. Part I.) 

Tames, w. 

Nancy Burton, (sec limb 
one. Part 1.) 

Ann, h. 

Wesley Sparks 









William, w. 

Admira Nance, see limb 
twelve, Part I.) 

Elizabeth, h. 
Andrew I„inebarger. 


Of the family above, the "History of the Mitchell Family/ 1 
among many other things, says : 

Frederick was a planter, and resided near Nashville, Tennessee ; Isaac 
was a planter near Danville, Kentucky ; Robert, a fanner, lived and died in 
Parke county, Indiana, leaving a large family of children and grandchildren ; 
William, nick-named "Buck," was a fanner in Missouri; Giles, a brick 
mason ; James, a farmer. The parents resided a time about New Bedford, 
Kentucky, thence to Corydon, Indiana, thence to Parke county, where the 
father died in 1S41, at the age of ninety-four. The mother died in Martins- 
ville, Indiana, August 20, 1842, at the age of eighty-eight. Her remains 
are buried in the old family burying ground, on the hill, one and one-half 
miles south of Martinsville. 

I might add that Ann Mitchell, who married Wesley Sparks, 
became the mother, or grandmother, of William A. Sparks, 
United States Land Commissioner, under President Cleveland, 
and who made himself so obnoxious to all frontiersmen owing to 
his rulings in the department. He was a member of the Uuited 
States Congress before that. 

Tiik Russku. Family. 

Charles Russell and family came from North Carolina, to 
Floyd county, Indiana, when the children were small. They 
have been so closely allied to the Nance family that it seemeth 
best to give them proper notice. The data at hand being so 

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meager that only the names may be mentioned. His eight chil- 
dren are named below : 

Anthony, Hawley, and Charles, married into limb two. 

Nancy married into limb ten. 

William married a Miss Smith. 

Patsy married John Pierson. 

Betsey married William Welch, and all were closely allied to 
the Nances through life. 
• John is the remaining son, of whom the author knows nothing. 

The Gunn Family. 

Clement Nance had one sister who came to Indiana soon after 
her brother and family. She was the wife of a Mr. Gunn, David 
Gunn, some say. Her name is believed to have been Elizabeth, 
but this is also uncertain. They seem to have been the parents 
of several children as given in the table below as limbs. The 
author received his information from three sources and they do 
not agree. He has combined the lists as best he can, not expect- 
ing there are no errors, but admitting he cannot at this time dis- 
tinguish truth from error. There were quite a number of minis- 
ters in the Gunn family, some in one and some in other churches. 


Ira W f latne* Mack, w. 

Mathcw. ( fwijj cinht. branch two. 

David Gunn, w. Nance. 

Thomas. limb two. 

David Nance, w. 
Kk-nor Sparks. 


Martha, h. 

Watson 1 Pcrmclia, h. 

I Branch two, limb five. 


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Zachariah Nance I. 

Zachariah Nance I., and wife, Susannah Duke Sherman, 
resided on a farm in Charles City county, Virginia. He was a 
carpenter and wheel-wright by trade. He died in January, 1772, 
leaving his wife and six children, named below, and also named 
in his will (Appendix Ex. "H"). 

The wife was very fleshy, her usual weight being over three 
hundred pounds. She died sitting in her chair, in 17S0. 

James Nance was married four times. Died about the year of 
1804, leaving his wife and one son. His widow married a Mr. 
Porter, of Richmond, Virginia. e 

John Nance married a second wife. Died in 1S06. 

Elizabeth Nance married John Hall, manager of Holt's Fc^e, 
in New Kent county, Virginia, afterwards moved below York- 
town, in Warrick county. Hall was under Washington in the 
defeat of Braddock, in 1755. 

William Nance married Miss Parrish. Died in 1806, leaving 
his wife and several children. 

Susannah Nance was born in 1758. Married Stephen Shell. 
These were the adopted parents of Zachariah Nance III., or Zach- 
ariah Henry Nance. 

Zachariah Nance II. — Trunk. 

Was born in Charles City county, Virginia, May 5, 1760. 
Enlisted in the Continental army at Williamsburg, when about 
sixteeu years of age, and served three years as a private in the 
Virginia troops. He was a member of that famous Virginia com- 
pany of young men that displayed such remarkable bravery on 
the occasion of the storming of Stony Point, July 15, 1779. Zach- 
ariah Nance served under Captain James Pendleton and Colonel 
Charles Harrison. During the later years of his life he drew a 
pension from the government. He was large in stature and 
weighed two hundred and fifty pounds. His first wife was Jane 



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Wilkins, whom he married 
December 31, 1785, in New 
Kent county, Virginia. 
This wife died December 
17, 1800. He married 
Elizabeth Bingley (Morris), 
December 15, 1802, in 
James City county, Virginia. 
In 1806 they emigrated to 
Green county, Kentucky, 
where they resided until 
1832, when they settled in 
Sangamon, now Menard 
county, Illinois. Purchased 
the farm on Rock Creek, 
south of Petersburg, which 
is now owned by his grand- 
son, Albert G. Nance. He 
remembered his uncle, 
William Nance, who moved to Halifax county at an early period. 
He also remembered his uncle's son, Thomas, and son-in-law, 
Tucker. They visited New Kent county after the Revolution, 
for the purpose of obtaining their mother's dowery from the 
Vaughn estate. Zachariah Nance died December 22, 1835, and 
is buried at Farmer's Point cemetery. He directed that the fol- 
lowing patriotic lines be preserved in his memory : 

Storming of Stony Point. 

(July 15, 1779.) 

It was in July, the fifteenth day, 

In flittering anus arrayed, 
Bold General Wayne and his brave men, 

The British lines assailed. 

Just twelve at nijjht, if I am right 

And honestly informed, 
Both win^s at once they did advance, 

And Stony Point they stormed. 

Morass and steep did clog our feet, 

This boasted place surrounded ; 
Strong abatis and forked trees 

Were double placed all round it. 


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This great place the Rel>el race 

Never dared come nigh, Sir; 
Great Washington and all his train, 

Johnson did defy, Sir. 

Fhiry brave, the flag did save; 

So strongly, too, defended. 
Mid his foes he made off their blows, 

And gallantly attended. 

Let Stuart's name in lxx>ks of fame 

Forever l>e recorded. 
Thro' showers of balls he scaled their walls, 

And dangers disregarded. 

Gibbins, too, a soldier true. 
His duty well discharged. 
He dealt his foes such deadly blows, 

It left their walls unguarded. 

Over storms and rocks our hero Knox, 

To cliarge the foe he pushed, 
And bravely fought like an eagle's flight, 

Over their ramparts rushed. 

May this storm forever warn 

The Tyrant Sons of Slavery, 
For Wayne could stand the British band 

With the Sons of Liberty. 

By his first wife he had eight children, and by his second, 
seven, named below as limbs : 

Elizabeth, died young, Robert, 

James, Sally Hash, 

Eaton, William, 

George W., Zachariah H., 

Otway, died young, Otway Bird, 

Joshua, Carey, 

Thomas Jefferson, Allen Q., 
Partheua Hill. 

Robert Nance — Ljmb Two. 

Was born in Virginia, February 22, 1788. He died in Law- 
rence county, Missouri, November 14, 1853. He was twice mar- 
ried, but the names of his wives are not known. He was the 
father of nine children, but little is known of them. Phillip, the 
eldest, was the first white person to be buried in Knox county, 
Illinois. He was buried in Henderson township, January 9, 1829, 
when fifteen years of age. Fifty years from that date, January 

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9, 1879, the citizens of the township met and raised money with 
which to erect a monument to his memory, and build a wire fence 
around the grave. The children are named below as branches : 

Phillip, John, Henry, 

Thomas H., Elias, James, 

Sarah, Otway, Samuel. 

Thomas H. Nance — Branch Four. 

Was born in 18 18, in Green county, Kentucky. Adaline 
Combs was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, August 9, 1832. 
They were married November 23, 1851, in Arkansas. They were 
the parents of eleven children, those growing to maturity are 
named below as twigs : 


Rel>ecca Ann. h. ( Albert S. 

Albert Cole 1 Howard II. 

Sentinel, Oklahoma. f Mattie Pearl. ' 

Japhat N., w. 
Oakmau, Indian Terri'y 

Barilla Agnes, h. 

• Wm. C. Mvnatt 

"J>i? Gillespie Avenue, 
Dallas, Texas. 

Cecilia K. 

Ida May. h. I Rena Agnes. 

John Q. Clark < Eugenie. 

( A SOD. 

Harry II. 

Caladonia A., h. 

Robert Bledsoe j Ine*. 

I Arthur. 
Luther A. 

Turner R., w. ( Girlie Ann. 

Zilvesta Boyd < Donna May. 

HoKirt, Oklahoma. f John K. 

Thomas Asa. 

Rutha Jane. 

Fred Edward, w. 

Ada Carter j . raM#1M 

Dallas. Texas. 218 Uike , * <- ,,,nore - 


John t,.. single. 

Kuas Nance — Branch Five. 

Was born about 1820. His wife was Intz. Elias is dead. 
The wife and children were in Hill county, Texas, at last 
accounts. Their children as far as known are given below as 
twigs : 

Otway, Elijah J., Charles, 

Sarah, h. Joseph Cannou. Mattie, h. Mat. Walker. 

Otway Nance— Branch Eight. 

Had a wife and two children, and once lived at Garrison, 
Missouri. The sons were named John W. and James. 

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James Nance — L,imb Three. 

Was born in Charles City county, Virginia, November 24, 
1789. He died in Sangamon county, Illinois, September 25, 1842. 
He was a soldier in the war of 18 12. His wife was Hepsey 
Money. They were the parents of seven children, named below 
as branches : 

Simeon, Cynthia, James, 

Melville L,., Franklin Carey, D. Milton, 

Mary Ann. 

Simeon Nance— Branch One. 

Was married to Amanda Hood. They were the parents of 
seven children, named below as twigs. Nothing more is known 
of these parents. 


Sarah, h. 
Mackey Martin. 


Bettie. h. 

Joe Goodie. 


in 1 in. 

Jane, h. 

George Berry.. .. 



Theodore Ira. 

Cynthia Nance— Branch Two. 

Was born in Kentucky. She was married to Elijah Pierce, 
a Christian minister, near Havana, Illinois. They resided at 
Boone, Iowa. She died there. She was the mother of ten chil- 
dren, named below as twigs : 


Hve'.ine, h. 
Da\ id McLean. 


l.aura. h. 
Thus. Gordon. 

John, w. 

Woodward, Iowa. 

Newtou. w. 

Terry, Iowa. 


Prank, w. 
Ella Uurrel. 

Ida. h. 

A'arrcn Boa well. 

Nettie, h. 
Jos. Courtney. 



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CYNTHIA NANCK— Continued. 



' Christopher. 

Jane, h. 

Madrid, Iowa. 

Louisa, h. 
Arthur Seitz, 
Hay worth, Illinois. 

Edward, w. 

I.ida, h, 

Edw. Ramsey ( John 

Cynthia, h. 
k Knos Preston. 

Alice, h. 
Doone, Iowa. 

' Frank. 

1 Carrie. 
[ Harry. 

"V." h..d. 

1 May. 
' John. 

| Sylvia. 

Jasper, w. 
Woodward, Iowa. 

( Fred. 

( Nina. 

Itrpfry Ann. h. 
Geo. W. Nelson. 
2nd h. Zcchtuati. 

James Pierce, single. 
Halsey Pierce, single. 

Melvin, w. 

Flora Win slow. 
Woodward, Iowa. 

James Nance— Branch Three. 

Was married to Mary Winslow. They were the parents of 
two children, twigs. Anna, who married Charles Russell, and 
James F., who married Flora Godin. 

Melville J„. Nance- 

Married Harriet Hornbuckle. 
them, named below as twigs: 


Minerva, h. I Abliie, 

Nelson Herd man < Lloyd. 

2nd h. Will Slot ms. < Esther. 

Turn F.. w. 
Elsie Hopkins, 

Madrid, Iowa. 

Dora, h. 

George Thomas j W ayne. 

Laura, h. 
Lewis Clark, 
Madrid, Iowa. 


-Branch Four. 

Four children were born to 


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Frankun Carey Nance — Branch Five. 

Was born in Kentucky in 1828. He died in Nebraska, May 
1898. He was first married to Eliza Hough ten, March 18, 185S. 
They were parents of four children. The wife died in April, 1S6S. 
He was united in marriage to Jane Stith, late in the same year. 
Eleven children were boru to them. These fifteen children are 
named below as twigs : 


Sevignia F... w., 1HG0 

Kvo iKwe 

Petersburg, Illinois. 

Hardin W., w., iHill 

Mary llirgcn 

Petersburg, Illinois. 


Roy C, 1MW. 
Ross A. 
Ilessle I,. 
Fern K. 

Harry II., 
Arthur II. 

Il.i/. ! 


I.nnru. h., INki 

WIH.IUH Vul.; 

Wuutlwunl, luwu. 

Alia Irene, IHSii 

Unity I. Ills. 

Evelyn, h. 

Clem. W.Shipley \ Faruest. 

Petersburg, Illinois, i Glenn. 

Donald Paul. 
[ Wayne. 

Caroline, h.. 1809 I Elvln, 

Chas. N. Vanhorn •< Vernicc. 

j. Frank, w. < Zd,,,a - 

Rachel Hanks ) 

Stratton, Nebraska. ( 

Fannie F... h. 

Chas. N. Vanhorn j 

F.dna Jane, h. ' 

W. W. Stevenson ( 

Mary, single. * 

Eflie I,., h. 

II. II. Thomas j 

Woodward, Iowa. j 

Harry W„ single. 
Florence S., single. 
Glen C, single. 
Geneva, single, 
l^ouise J., single. 





Sevignia E. Nance, twig above, was born near Petersburg, 
Illinois, where he grew to be a lad of fifteen, when he removed 
with his parents to Iowa, settling in Boone county. Here he 
married Miss Eva Dowe, September 16, 1K79, and settled on a 
farm three miles north of Woodward, Iowa, where he remained 
uutil 1886, when he sold out and went to Nebraska, where he ran 
a large cattle ranch three years, when he returned to Petersburg, 
Illinois. Here he is the proprietor of the Woodlawn dairy, and 
has the name of making more people "take water" than any other 
man in town. His jolly, good nature makes him friends wher- 
ever he goes. He is familiarly known as "Vig," and as "Vig" 


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lie is honored and respected by all. It is said he never brings 
any milk home from his route, but distributes all his surplus 
among the poor of the city, thus gladdening many a child by an 

extra "pint." He is a 
member of the Odd Fellows, 
Rebeccas, Mutual Protec- 
tive League, and Court of 
Honor, and is the life of the 
social gatherings he attends. 
His very interesting family 
of wife, two grown sons and 
three grown daughters, are 
known for their "open 
house" hospitality. The 
author spent several very 
happy days in the home of 
this pleasant family, last 
August. In politics they 
are republicans ; in religion, 
are members of the Chris- 
tian church. 

The sons are model 
young men. Roy C, is the 
rural free delivery driver 
for the "Sandridge" route. 
It is said he has the second 
longest route, and one of the heaviest deliveries in the state. 

Ross A. is a school teacher. After finishing in the home 
schools, he attended the State Normal University, at Normal, 
several years. He is preparing himself for civil engineering. The 
author predicts a successful career for Ross. He is worthy and 
persistent. He expects to cast his "first vote" for Teddy. 


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D. Milton Nance — Branch Six. 

Was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, June, 1840. He came 
to Menard county, at the age of eight, and has resided there eve-r 
since. He was married to Ann Brahm, in i860. They were the 
parents of seven children, those living are named below as twigs. 
On January 8, 1888, he was married to Mrs. Harriet Nance, 
widow of Joshua Nance, branch six of limb seven. Mr. Nance 
is still living at Oakford, Menard county, Illinois. 


Milton D.. w., 18»>0 

Emma Smith 

Petersburg, Illinois. 


( Priscilla Annettie, h., 1882 
King Tuttle I 


Charles I,., w., 18GTi 

Etta Senter ( 

Kel>ecca Iona, 188."). 

Petersburg, Illinois. 

Man-, h. 

Edward Marcy 

Chandlerville. Illinois. 


Neva, 18W. 

( Eunice. 

( llurland. 


Zola I.eona. 


Mi 1 ton 
D. Nance, 

twig above, 
was born 
in Menard 
in which 
county he 
has resid- 
ed all his 
life. H i s 
calling is 

that of farming. This family are 
Baptists. The daughters are grad- 
uates of the Petersburg schools. 

Charles L,. Nance, twig above, 
was born in Menard county, Illinois, 
near Petersburg, where he now 
resides on a farm. This county 
has been his home nearly all his 
life. He was married in 189 1, and 
has one child, Neva, who is said to have a natural talent for 
music, being able to carry a tune at the age of fifteen months. 


















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Mary Ann Nance — Branch Seven. 

Was born about 1842, in Saugamon county, Illinois. She 
married Pleasant Armstrong. They are the parents of nine chil- 
dren, named as twigs : 

Laura Belle, . John Critendon, 
Emma Medora, Martha, 

Cynthia Dena, Pleasant Carwin, 

Nora, George, 


George Washington Nance, limb seven^ was born in Virginia, 
March 29, 1798. He died in Petersburg, Illinois, March 20, 
1889, lacking but nine days of being ninety-one years of age. A 
two thousand four hundred dollar granite shaft towers above his 
resting place in the cemetery at Petersburg. His wife's name was 
Elizabeth Martin. He was father of fourteen children, the first 

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nine were born in Green county, Kentucky, and the last five, in 
Menard county, Illinois. They are named below as twigs : 





George \V., 




Ann Adams, 





Abraham L., 

Thos. L. Harris. 

Little is known of this family. William is said to live at 
Jeffersonville, Indiana. George W., lives at Talula, Illinois. He 
has one daughter in Texas, Mrs. Ella Atchly. Her husband is a 
Methodist minister. She has several children, I am told. Mrs. 
Ann Adams resides at Petersburg, Illinois. 



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Branch »ix of limb seven. Near Oakford, Illinois. 

Numbering from the left: 

1.— Harriet Tone* Nance. 3.— Matilda Nance Gum. 5.— Loerti V. Cum. 

2.— ElUabcth Nance Short. L— Evert H. Gum. 6.— L). M. Nance. 

Joshua Nance— Branch Six. 

Was born in Green county, Kentucky, August 31, 1826. He 
came with his parents to Menird county, when a child, and lived 


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in the county all his life. He was married to Harriet Jones, in 
1853. They were the parents of eight children, two dying in 
infancy, the others are named below as twigs. The father 
appears to have died before 1888, for on January 6, that year, the 
widow married D. M. Nance. 



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M. U. Pylc... 

2nd h. Marion E. Aten ... 
l^ongview, Texas. 

Martha M.. h. 


2nd h. Henry Smith, Raston, Illinois. 

Henry Wm., w., Oakford, Illinois. 

Matilda, h. f Chester Karl. 

J. B. Gum, d ) I«o<?rn Victor. 

Oakford, Illinois. | Veria Jemima. 

t Kvert H. 
Kli«il>«*th. h. 
Short, Petershurg, Illinois 

Charles, w., Petershurg, Illinois. 


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Fred C. Inglehart, San Antonio, Texas. 

Nellie Evelyn, h. 
k Norman I,. Devine, Tyler, Texan. 

f Allie Myrtle. 
Floyd Eugene. 
Mary Clydie. 
I«aura I<aure. 
Freddie Ray. 

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Zachariah Henry Nance— Limb Eight. 

Was born December 17, 1800, in Charles City county, Vir- 
ginia. His mother died on the day of his birth. He was adopted 
by Stephen and Susannah Nance Shell, Susannah being his 
father's sister. He was entirely lost to the members of his 
father's family from his adoption by his aunt until Sunday, Jan- 
uary 17, 1904, when the author received a letter from J. H. 
Nantz, Thomasville, Georgia, enclosing a letter from Mrs. Mary 
A. Nance, widow of Washington Jackson Nance, son of Zach- 
ariah Henry, giving his family record. The author was over- 
joyed at the finding of this long 
lost son, or limb of the family of 
Zachariah II. For years he had 
been receiving inquiries concern- 
ing his whereabouts. The find- 
ing is the result of a letter 
written by H. A. Barrows, 
Monticello, Florida, bud from 
branch six, limb six, Part I., to 
J. H. Nantz, Thomasville, 
Georgia, calling his attention to 
the forth-coming Nance Memor- 
ial. The following items con- 
cerning his life are obtained from 
his living descendants, and from 
the records in his family Bible: 

He never talked of his youthful 
days, so that is an entire blank to his 
family and the world. 

No one remembers that he ever mentioned his brothers and sisters, so 
they do not think he had any knowledge that he ever had any. 

He had the habits and manners of one having been reared in luxury and 
refinement, and his children are not "over common" yet. 

He was very industrious, well educated for one of his day, a fine talker, 
a brilliant man in a quiet way. 

He was a hatter by trade and followed the same until too old for work, 
when his son, Washington Jackson, took him to his home and cared for him 
to the close of his life. 

He was a Missionary Baptist all his life, as were all his family but one 
son, James H., who was a member of the Christian church. 

Emeline Latham was born September 10, 18 10, in Pitt county, 
North Carolina. They were married Septeml>er 15, 1826, in 
Halifax couuty, North Carolina. Their first child was born in 



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Pitt county, North Carolina, the second in Cheraw, South Caro- 
lina, the next two in Pitt county, the next two in Cumberland 
county, and the last four in Wayne county, all of North Carolina. 
In 1847 they removed to Fayetteville, Cumberland county, North 
Carolina, and remained there during life. They are buried there. 
The father died April 4, 1885. The mother passed away January 
24, 1S92. They were the parents of ten children, those growing 
to maturity are named below as branches. Two are living, Mrs. 
Virginia G. Craig and Mrs. Mary J. Moore. They are widows. 


lohn Wm., IK7-11W3, w. 
Martha Cooper. 

Washington Jackson, 18J9- 

VMl'. w. 
Shet>a Ford 

2nd \v. Marv A. Mcintosh. 
Fayetteville, N. C 

Joe John, 1833, d. 

Virginia G.. 1837, h. 

John it. Craig. d 

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Wilmington, N. C. 



James H.. 1839-1804. w. 

Martha Moblev 

Mary Jane, 1844, h. 

{ 2 children, d. 

4 children. 

John H., 185.1, w 

Wilmington, N. C. 

Joseph 1«\. 1858, w... 
Wilmington, N. C. 

f John H..18G6, w. 

Thomasville, Georgia. 

Geo. W.. 18G8-18'X», w 

Savannah, Georgia. 


No issue. 
5 children. 

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Maggie, 18&!. 

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etteville. Nortli Carolina 

Mamie, 1871, h. 

l.eonidas II.. 1873, Sargent 

United States Army, 


k Martha F.lhcl, 188T>. 

' John T., w. 

Fayetteville, N. C. 
Charles 1... w. 

Fayetteville, N. C. 
1 daughter. 

Washington Jackson Nance, branch, was first married to Miss 
Sheba Ford, in 1853. She bore him two children who died youug. 
The wife died in i860, leaving her father, mother, aud two broth- 
ers, with the consumption, all of whom the husband nursed 
and cared for while they lived. Then as his own parents grew 
old, he cared for them in his own home until death. After 
remaining a widower for twenty-six years, he, in 1886, married 
Miss Mary A. Mcintosh, who, with four small children, mourn 
his loss. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist church 
from early boyhood days. He was also a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, 

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Being a carpenter, he served the Confederacy in an arsenal 
near home throughout the war. As the war passed away, no one 
had anything left but waste and desolation, everything being gone 
but firmness aud fortitude. In time he had built another good 
home, where his parents spent their last days in comfort, and 
where he also lived a quiet, retired life duriug his last years, 
dying in the spring of 1902. 


Otway Bird Nance—Limb Ten. 

Was born in James City county, Virginia, July 21, 1805. 
When one year of age his parents removed to Green county, Ken- 
tucky, where he continued to reside until 1839, when he moved 
to that part of Saugamon county that afterward became Cass 
county, and settled on the site that afterwards became a part of 
the town of Nuniansville. 

He married Sarah B. Dearan, in Kentucky, February 16, 1829. 
They removed to Texas in 1851, aud settled on a fine farm two 


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miles north of DeSota, in 
Dallas county, and was a 
pioneer in that part of Texas. 
He accumulated a large 
amount of property, and after 
giving to each of his ten chil- 
dren a hundred and sixty 
acre farm, or its equivolent 
in other property, he still 
had at his death a forty 
thousand dollar farm. He 
was a very sociable gentle- 
man. His son, Samuel H., 
now owns five hundred acres 
of the old home. The father 
died December 11, 1S74, and 
he is laid away beside his 
wife in the Wheatland ceme- 
tery near by. On the night 
of his death, a pear tree in his yard bloomed, and the frozen 
flowers went with him to the tomb. His children are named 
below as branches : 



William T., 1830, 
Klizabeth F., 
Mary W., 1836, 
Nancy J., 
Richard A., 1838, 

Sarah J., 
Samuel H. 

Euzabeth Frances Nance 
Branch Two. 

Was born at Greenburg, 
Kentucky, November 28, 
1831. Dr. Gustavus Adol- 
phus Kilbouru was born near 
Chillicothe, Ohio, March 10, 
18 1 2. They were married 
near Springfield, Illinois, 
January 11, 1850. 

The mother passed away 
October 26, 1899, the doctor 
following her the following 
April, 19. They were the 
parents of eleven childreu, those growing up are named below 



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as twigs. The following tribute is by the sou, Chalmers : 

Father studied medicine, and about 1835, began to practice at Old 
Salem, then the home of Abraham Lincoln, who studied law at night by the 
light of pine torches. Father was intimate with Mr. Lincoln in those days. 
Father acquired considerable local reputation by his treatment of two 
diseases that then raged during the cold Illinois winters. They were pneu- 
monia and meningitis, the latter having been regarded so certainly fatal that 
it had been nick-named "come-and-get-us." Finding that his winter prac- 
tice was killing him, he decided to go south to get out of the practice of 


medicine. * * * He moved to Dallas county, Texas, in 1853, 
settled twenty miles south of Dallas, and lived there till his death. He waa 
never able to entirely quit practicing medicine. As long as he was able to 
ride, his services were in demand, especially in difficult cases. 

He became a Christian after he was fifty years of age, and a member of 
the Cumberland Presbyterian church, in which he lived till his death. 
AV. "d about his heavenly prospects, father replied that the old hymn fitly 
expressed his present condition : 

"On Jordon's stormy bank I stand, 
And cast a wishful eye." 

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Mother bravely aud nobly bore her part as a faithful wife and good 
mother of the toils and hardships of a new country. She was naturally of a 
cheerful disposition till broken health made the last fifteen years of her life 
at times gloomy and despondent. In February, 1899, she fell and fractured 

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a thigh. She was never able to walk again. * * * Mother had 
been a Christian since childhood, and a member of the Methodist church till 
about 1865, when she and father both joined the Cumberland Presbyterian 



Marie Annie, h.. 1833 

Chas. A. Kclley 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Amelia Jane, h., 1856 

Jacob S. Case 

Ferris, Texas. 

Fannie B.. 1873-1889. 

John H., w. 

Evelyn Beavers. f UoydR. 

Chas. F.. 188?. 

EMa Mae, h. 
Arthur C St les, 
Ferris, Texas. 

Hattie Prances, h. 
D. A. Whittington.. 

Arlington, i exas. 

Marcus Emmett. 
James Henry. 
Ellie. single, I860, 
Mexia, Texas. 

I ucv h 1862 ( Ra1,,h A 

l.ucy n.. , 1WH Hun ice V. 

Charles B.rk 4 Charles E. 

Iowa Park. Texcs. [ Frances J. 

Anne, h., 1804 ( Oscar K. 

C. W. McElheny < I.ula Bird. 

Ferris, Texas. (. Fannie l.uis. 

Chalmers, w.. 1860 . Q M 

MaryCruves •} Martha K if ttb eth. 

Gustavus Carey, w. 
Barbara Bowers. 


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Nancy J. Nance— Branch Three. 

Was born in 1834. She was married to William M. Wyatt, 
April 27, 1 85 1, in Cass county, Illinois. They resided on a farm 
near Newmansville, until 1883, when they removed to Ashland, 
Illinois, where they have resided ever since. This family are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church. The author had a 
pleasant call at their neat cottage on the Old Salem Chautauqua 
grounds, in company with Cousin Allen G. Nance. They are the 
parents of three children, named below as twigs : 


Fannie, h. 
Walter M. Thompson ^ Loren B 

Gertrude, h. 

Aliee M.. 18T>9. h. 
James Struble. . 


James Judy, 1862, w ( Stuart. 

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Zachariah Nance — Branch Six. 

Was born in Illinois about 1840. He was married to Fannie 
Martin Hoagland, in Petersbufg, Illinois, September 6, 1866. 
They are the parents of two sons, named below as twigs. John 
M. is a newspaper man and mine promoter, at Gunnison, Colo- 
rado. Tilton William is a traveling salesman. His second wife 
was Carrie Goldsby, by whom he had three sons, named below, 
all residing in Peoria, on Reed avenue : 


( Francis A. 

.. J John A. 
( l>orothy R. 

John M.. w., 1W57 
Miss W. B. Arhcart 

Tilton William, 1NJ9. 




Parthena Hill Nance — Branch Seven. 

Was born in 1842 ; married Thomas J. Williams, July 17, 
1867, in Dallas county, Texas. They are the parents of two 
children, named below as twigs. The husband died September 7, 
1897. This family are Methodists. Her address is Cedar Hill, 
Texas, Rural Free Delivery No. 2. 




f Myrtle. 

Fannie B., h. 

Koxie R. 

.... ,' Joseph. 

1 Blanche. 

1 Mabel. 

Alice, h. 

[ Jewel Lucile. 

John H. Vencill. 

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Harriett Nance — Branch Eight. 

Was born in Illinois, August 7, 1844. William D. Snead was 
born in Pennsylvania, September 9, 1839. They were married in 
Dallas county, Texas, July 11, 1865. They are the parents of 
eight children, named below as twigs. They reside at Oak Cliff, 


Kiltie, h., 1866 

I«. S. Brotherton ( Will II. 

I Blanche. 
Johnie B., died at 8. 

Bettie J., h., 1872 ( C. Ross. 

J. I). Mauk - Daniel Francis. 

( Kaymond S. 
I«ena Hill, h., 1S74 
Dr. K. B. Strother. 

Sallie B., 1877. 
Charles H., 187U. 
llattie, 1881. 
Benjamin P., 1883. 

Sarah Jaques Nance— Branch Nine. 

Was born September i, 1846, in Cass county, Illinois. Moved 
with her parents to Texas, in 1851. She was married to James 
R. Smith, March 1864, settled on a grain and stock farm in Dallas 
county. In 1890 they removed to Oak Cliff, same county, where 
they still reside. Seven children have blessed this home, those 
growing to maturity are named below as twigs : 


iennie Q., h. 
tobert 1,. Moss J Edward Raymond. 

Clarendon, Texan. » 

Frank, w.. 18(51* 

Jennie Morris 

Kit lie. 
Ralph 1". 

Claudia, h.. 187.") 

Jn ;i ,c , s Siiff"^* 1 \ Donolda Mayo. 

Oak Cliff, Texas. ( ' 

All>ert. 1877. 

Wallace, at home, 1882. 

Samuei, H. Nanck— Branch Ten. 

Was born May 21, 1849. He was married to Miss Regina 
Lee Poage, of Roanoke county, Virginia, November 22, 1882. 
They reside at Cedar Hill, Texas, and have one child, Olin Bert- 
ram, twig, born 1883. 

Joshua Nance— Limb Eleven. 

Was born in Green couuty, Kentucky, July 11, 1807. At the 
age of tweuty-two he was married to Miss Sarah Skaggs, of same 


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county, by whom he had four children. In 1830 they moved to 
Sangamon county, Illinois, then an almost uninhabited wilder- 
ness, and settled in that portion out of which Cass county was 
formed. The wife soou fell a victim of the malarial fever, so 
common in the early days in the prairie state. 

On August 9, 1837, he married Miss. Elizabeth Lucas, by 
whom he had nine children. These thirteen children are named 
below as branches. In 1865 he left Illinois for Kansas, settling 

on a farm near 
Cato, Crawford 
county, where 
he continued to 
reside until his 
death, on March 
6, 1885. 

In politics he 
was a democrat, 
casting his first 
presidential vote 
for Andrew 
Jackson, and his 
last for Grover 

The follow- 
ing is a part of 
the obituary 
published in the 
local paper at 
the time of his 
death : 

ful example of the 
noble handiwork of 
God, an honest upright man, pure because he loved purity, honest because 
honor was inshrincd as the goddess of his being, just and upright in every 
action or dealing with his fellowman. * * * lie was well 
informed on all subjects, a man of extraordinary good judgment, strong con- 
victions, deliberate in forming opinions, never repeated a slander or said 
ought but in praise of a neighbor. His has been a noble life, grander 
because such lives are few, and l>ecause of the example he has given, that 
character can l>e moulded and formed according to the purer principles of 
the divine and moral law. He mastered most fully the great problem of 
man's earthly destiny, the duties he owed to God, his neighbor, ami himself, 
and ever maintained and kept the noblest impulses of his nature uppermost 

l.inih Kleven. 

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in his heart. Thus the angel of death found him ; thus was the sheaf of 
mortality gathered into the harvest of immortality. With no regrets for the 
past, nor fears for the future, he passed into that mysterious "beyond" 
where labor ends and reward begins. 

He was buried in the family grave yard, only a short distance 
from his residence, beside his wife who had preceded him two 
years. She is said to have been a lovely character, every way 
worthy of her husband. 

Elizabeth Smith, Amos D., 

Jefferson, William Douglas, 

Polly Wadkins, Sarah E. Swau, 

Charles H., Parthena H. Odom, 

John L,., t Caroline Williams, 

Jane Bixler, Thomas H., 
Katharine Farmer. 

Charles H. Nance — Branch Four. 

Was born April 11, 1836. He was married to Frances C 
Miller, November 21, 1854, in Cass county, Illinois. He died of 
consumption, May 9, 1889. He was the father of ten children, 
those growing up are named below as twigs : 


Snrah K.. h., 18T.7 ( Mnry B., 1876. 

Wm. II. Cross, tl 1 Chos. M. 

i Anionics, 1888. 

Amos D.. w. ( Logan C, 1887. 

Maggie Clark 1 Chas. S. 

| Maggie, 1901. 

Joshua J., w. f William O , 1803. 

Lizzie Theobald 

.Samuel J. 
Nellie Gladys. 
b George Dewey, 1809. 

Milton S., w. 

Roe Slaughter j MruHcc Alhcrt 

William G. 

lames 1)., 1871-1897. 

Hester K. 

John L. Nance—Branch Five. 

Was born July 21, 1838, in Cass county, Illinois. He was 
married to Mary Cain Bell (nee Conquest), November 8, 1 871, in 
Crawford county, Kansas. They have no children. Their post- 
office address is Dry wood, Kansas. 

Jane Nance— Branch Six. 

Was born in Cass county, Illinois, November 29, 1839. She 
was first married to Isaac Haynes, in 1856, who died the follow- 
ing year, of consumption, leaving no issue. 

270 The Nance Memorial. 

Her second marriage was to Jonah Combs Bixler, September 
20, 1865. Their postoffice address is Dry wood, Kansas. They 
are the parents of nine children, those growing up are named 
below as twigs : 


Charles Lee, w. 

Bertha Tuthill .« waiter i^siie 

Drywood, Kansas. , Walter I.eslie. 

Fannie Hill, h. I Harvey I«ee. 

Sat>e Dalton I Riley Combs. 

Drywood, Kansas. ( Olive Stella. 

Katie Dell. h. 

Ben j. S. Dalton 1 Rnth Jane. 

Drywood, Kansas. ) Paul. 

Grace Bell, h. 
Wtn. Harvey Dalton, 
Dry wood, Kansas. • 

MlHe May, h„ 1881 
Jesse 1.. Elliott, 
Drywood, Kansas. 

Katharine Nance— Branch Seven. 

Was born June 21, 1841, and was married to A. J. Farmer, 
June 4, 1857. She died May 17, 1890, of cancer of the breast. 
She was the mother of eleven children, named below as twigs, the 
oldest was born in 1858, and the youngest in 1881 : 

Isaac, Charles, William, 

Malinda, Joshua, Albert, 

Christopher, John, Eaton, 

Sarah Bell, Joseph. 

Amos D. Nance— Branch Eight. 

Was born October 3, 1842, and married to Sarah R. Williams, 
September 25, 1873. They have eight children, those growing 
to maturity are named below as twigs : 

Lee, who married Josie Morrison, 

Delia, 1876-1900, Harry L,., Thomas, 

DouglasS., Archie D., Otway. 

William Douglas Nance — Branch Nine. 

Was born September 16, 1844. He was married to Jane 
Williams, December 12, 1867. They are the parents of eight 
children, those growing to maturity are named below as twigs : 

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Chas. S. Dearing 


f Nettle D.. 1888. 
Win. Lenard. 
Anna K. 
C. Ezra. 
Emma J., 1899. 

Mattie, h , 1870 

G 'w W - *2r°i d Q «-; \ Hattie.1897. 

Drywood, Kansas. ) 

Albert D., w., 1875 1 Edith Jane. 1897. 

Minnie C. Brown < Ward DouRlas. 

1 Mabel Dell. 

Anna C, h.,1875 
Hiram R. Hampton. 

Emma S., 1878. 

D. Crittenden, 1894. 

Sarah Ellen Nance — Branch Ten. 

Was born in Cass county, Illinois, February 22, 1848. She 
was married to James Morris Swan, January 22, 1868, at Cato, 
Kansas, where they resided until 1893, when they moved to Okla- 
homa. They reside in Cleveland where Mr. Swan is engaged in 
the real estate business. They are the parents of twelve children, 
those living are named below as twigs. Mr. Swan was in the 
civil war for five years, enlisting at Jacksonville, Illinois, in the 
10th Illinois infantry. Their children all reside near the parents, 
at Cleveland, Oklahoma. 


Chauncy. w., 1868 
Lucy Turner j Glenn Burt, died young. 

f t?rc<i \t 

Kelly, w., 1870 Ona Ansel. 

Dol lie Coon rod ! Robert. 

1 Mabel. 

Harley, w. 

Nettie Herr J 


■' Gorden Berle, died young. 

Eme. h. ( Gladys. 

WardGuffey < Ralph. 

( Elizabeth Ellen. 
William M., tingle, farmer 

Tilden, w. 

Mettle Buckles j Russc „ 

Mae F., h. 

John B. Myers, cashier 

First National Bank, 

Cleveland, Oklahoma. 

Dick G., 1885, student 

Parthena Hill Nance — Branch Eleven. 

Was born June 8, 1849. She was married to James Odom, in 
1873. Their seven children are named below as twigs : 

Samuel, Lewis, Robert, Harvey, 

Maggie, Elizabeth, Dennis. 

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Caroune Nance— Branch Twelve. 

Was bom February 23, 1852. She was married to Wra, 
Williams, October 23, 1873. Their children are named below as 
twigs : 

Perry, 1876-1896, Stella Jane, and Nellie. 

Thomas H. Nance— Branch Thirteen. 
Was born October 8, 1854. Nothing more is known of him. 

Thomas Jefferson Nance— Limb Thirteen. 

Was born in Green county, Kentucky, September 17, 181 1. 
Katharine D. Houghton was born October 14, 18 17, and died 
March 22, 1892. They were married September 22, 1836, in 
Menard county, Illinois. Thomas J. received a much better edu- 
cation than any of his brothers or sisters, or most of those in his 
community, in that he attended private school of a neighbor, 
Owen by name. Mr. Owen had four or five daughters who had 
a private instructor. They were not as industrious as the teacher 
thought they should be, and he suggested to the father that it 
would pay him well to select some lad or young man to atteud 
the school in order to spur the girls to greater exertion. Thomas 
was selected, and remained in the school some three years. He 
came with his father and family to Illinois, in 1832. He taught 
school some years, up to the time of his marriage. He settled on 
a farm in Cass county, where he spent the short years of his 
married life. At the time of his death his farm contained some 
six hundred acres. He was nominated for the legislature by the 
derainant party of the district, in 1838, but was defeated because 
a few years previously he had made a temperance address at Old 
Salem, the home of Lincoln, near Petersburg, which offended the 
topers of his party, and they refused to support him. He was 
nominated by the same party two years later, and elected in spite 
of the whisky interest. Two years later he was nominated for 
the state senate, and would have been elected, but died two weeks 
before the election. It is said he had a very promising career 
before him. He died July 22, 1842, being in his thirty-first year. 
His four children are named below as branches : 

Elizabeth Wynne, Benjamin F., died at 2, 

Harriet Benton Struble, Albert Gallitan. 

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Elizabeth Nance— Branch One. 

Was born in Cass county, Illinois, in 1838. She died in 1866. 
She married Clinton Wynne, by whom she had one child, named 
below as twig : 

Mary, h. Oliver Carter, Los Angeles, California. 

Harriet Benton Nance — Branch Three. 

Was born in Cass county, Illinois, in 1840. She was united 
in marriage to Philemon Struble. They were the parents of two 
children, named below as twigs. She passed away in 1873 : 
Albert, Lena, h. Batterman. 

Albert Gallitan Nance— Branch Four. 

Was born in Cass county, Illinois, in 1842. His wife, Laura 
Isabelle Osborne, was born in 1844. They were married in 1S66. 
They own and reside on a one thousand acre farm six miles to the 
south of Petersburg, Iilinois. With Cousin 4 'Allen." as he is 
called, the author drove over a large portion of the farm, devoted 
to grain and stock raising, and noted the improvemeut in methods 
of farming since he left the rural districts for the more exciting 
though not more eujoyable city life. The family, excepting 
Horace and wife, were camping on the Old Salem Chautauqua 
grounds, where they have a commodious cottage, and where they 
meet the married members of the family annually, in a month's 
rest and visit. Sitting on their broad veranda, they entertain 
their many friends while listening to the musical numbers of the 
Chautauqua, known the state over for its excellent programs. 
The amphitheater being but a few steps distant. Here the author 
was treated like one of the family, free to come and go at will, 
but always urged to be around at lunch time. It is superfluous 
to tell a Nance that one of the name required a second invitation 
to lunch. While native modesty is characteristic of the name, we 
usually have our appetites with us. 

Mr. Nance is one of the substantial and prominent men of 
Menard county. When a young man, he was a member of the 
state Legislature, elected as a democrat, though not in full acccnl 
with the party, at the time. He has been a staunch republican 
for many years, and takes a delight in contemplating the achieve- 
ments of the party. He and family are members of the Christian 
church at Petersburg. While he continues to reside on the farm, 
the younger son, Horace, conducts the same. Horace is of the 


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material that makes the world move. The elder son, "Tom," is 
president of the First National Bank, Clinton, Oklahoma, while 
the son-in-law, Chas. W. Goodwin, is cashier of same bank. 
Their six children are named below as twigs : 



( Albert N. 
"( Georgia N. 

- Albert C,a11itan. 

j Laura Marie. 
J Hcrmine. 

J HattieN. 


Carrie Benton, h. 

Chas. \V. Goodwin 

Clinton, Oklahoma. 

Thomas Jefferson, w. 

Alice N. Curry 

Clinton. Oklahoma. 

Catharine, h. 

Geo. D. Warnsing 

Greenview, Illinois. 

Hattie Beecher, h., d. 
Harry H. Schirding. .., 
Petersburg, Illinois. 

Horace Greelev, w. 
Sudie Purkapile, 
Petersburg, Illinois. 

Louise, 188G, at home. 

Allen Q. Nance — Limb Fourteen. 

Was born in Kentucky, 
September 16, 1813. He came 
with his father to Illinois in 
1832, where he obtained a 
farm immediately southwest 
and adjoining the town of 
Newmansville, Cass county. 
Here he married Elizabeth W. 
Dearen, January 11, 1841. 
He removed to Texas in 1852, 
and bought a farm near De 
Soto, in Dallas county, where 
he died in 1873. He was a 
great student and an incessant 
reader. During the last 
years of his life, the Bible was 
h i s chief companion. He 
seemed to know the geography 
of the world as well as most 
men do that of their home state. His usual weight was two hun- 
dred pounds. He wore a number eight hat. He died very sud- 
denly, without warning. At the time of his death he was the 
owner of five hundred acres of land in Texas. He was a farmer 
all his life, and what is more, he was an honest man. He was 


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the father of eleven children, 
named below as branches. 
The mother outlived her hus- 
band twenty years, dying 
November 25, 1893 : 

David Carey, 

Mary J., 

Christopher C, died young, 

Gustavus A., 


Ann Lee, 

Sarah C, 

John H., died young, 

Charles Palmer, 

Lee, died young, 


David Carey Nance 
Branch One. 

Was born in Cass county, 
Illinois, February 2, 1843. 

He came with his 
parents to Texas, in 
1852, and in 1861 en- 
listed in the cavalry 
service of the Confed- 
erate states, under 
Colonel W. H. Par- 
sons. He received 
five wounds in battle 
during his term of 
service, returning 
home in 1865. Three 
horses were shot from 
under him and he was 
in thirty engagements. 
(This is an extreme 
record for one soldier, 
and the author has in- 
sisted upon his ' 'Johny 
Reb" cousin giviug 
his army record for 
this work, which will 



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be found at the close of this sketch. He knows it will be read 
with interest by both "Yanks" and " Reus.*") Our hero attended 
Carlton college, Bonham, Texas, 1868- 1870. He was married 
to Miss Sallie M. Hackley, October 12, 1870, at Bonham. He 
taught school for some years, buying a farm in the mean time, 
near Bonham. In 1889 he returned to Dallas county and bought 
the old family home and took care of his mother till her death. 
He also operated a general store for a number of years at De Soto. 

In 1 901 he built a 
grist-mill and another 
home at Duncanville, 
taking into business 
with him his youngest 
son, Quilla, under the 
firm name of D. C. 
Nance & Son. His 
other children operate 
the farm. It is said 
he reads a great deal, 
and like his father, 
the Bible is now his 
chief companion. He 
became a Christian 
and a member of the 
Christian church early 
in life. He has always 
been a democrat; 
weighs one hundred 
and ninety pounds; is 
past sixty-one, and in 
perfect health. He 
has been of great 
assistance to the 
author, as is men- 
tioned elsewhere. He 
has recently returned to his farm, and his address is Rural Route 
No. 1, Cedar Hill, Texas. 



In September, 1861, I enlisted in the cavalry service of Texas ; and later 
of the Confederate states. I was but a boy, eighteen, past. During the 
next few months we were on the drill yard every day. In the early spring 


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we started for the front. My first battle was "Cache River " or "Cotton 
Plant," as we "Rebs" called it, Sunday, July 7, 1862. I rode a very fine 
horse, was well equipped, and was chosen as one of the extreme advance of 
twenty men, as we marched through a deep forest of lx>g and fen to meet 
the enemy. At last we met ; and in that jubilee of demons which followed, 
I was first to fall. A one ounce ball had penetrated my cheek, passing out 
at the back of my neck. Another had plowed a furrow in the other side. 
Then my l>eautiful steed fell against a tree and died, the victim of three other 
balls. The man on my right went down, and then the one on my left. I 
scrambled to a fallen tree and cuddled up to avoid being trampled under foot. 
The enemy moved up, and I was in their midst, but they had not discovered 
me. My hat, clothes, and gun were gone, but I had side-arms left 
which I tried to use. Just then another ball crashed through my shoulder 
as I lay along. Then I was helpless, with three crimson streams flowing 
fast ; and I thought my time was short. I hid my pistol and money in the 
forest leaves. A little later a ruffian from my native state, Illinois, dis- 
covered me, and said : " Get up, you Reb, or I'll shoot you ! " It did no 
good to tell him I was already in distress. Then seeing my belt and sca!>- 
bard, he demanded my pistol. And when he got it he made as though he 
would finish me with my own weapon. Fortunately his captain was at hand, 
and was a man and not a l>east, and when I called for help he gave it readily 
(may God bless his memory). Tenderly he took me by the hand, and assur- 
ing me cf his care, sent me halting a little to the rear. So at last I was a 
prisoner of war, the very thing I dreaded most. 

Then the liattle grew furious, and a continual stream of mangled bodies 
came pouring Imck. The litter bearers met them, in the midst of that awful 
scene, and carried away the helpless. When they came to me, one said : 
"Get up and go with us!" The other replied: "Let him alone, it will 
soon be all day with him." And thus I was left in that whirl-pool of blood. 
Then came a cavalry charge, on, on, through the roar of guns, the rattle 
of balls against the trees, mingled with the cries of men. The storm was 
on, — dreadful and yet sublime. It swept the earth of men and passed. 
They spiked the cannons, and stopped their hellish mouths, and then the 
roar abated some. But the enemy rallied and drove them lxick ; but I was 
in the rear of friends. While yet the Iwttle raged, they took me up and 
back, where women wept and tried to comfort me. Then I was hauled away 
to a hospital. Then an angel woman came and ministered to me. She 
washed and dried my bloody clothes, — all else was lost. 


That year erysipelas was epidemic, and I had it early, and so far as I 
could learn was the only one, through all those weeks of pain, to recover from 
it. Boils and dysentery, and later flux, increased my misfortunes till I 
passed into a delirium with lucid intervals now and then. At last heaven 
heard my cry of anguish, and then these two months of a living death began 
to pass away. Then they told me I was well and could go again. I 
started back, and on that day I tipped the beam at just fifty-two pounds 
less than my weight on the l>attle day. 

On my arrival I found the camp on the identical spot where I left it ; 
and then I learned that only three of that fated twenty escaped unhurt. 
Next day I went out to the battle field and found my money, one hundred 

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and five dollars. With this and some my father sent, I bought a captured 
mule and saddle, and again was ready for business. 

In November, of the same year, in answer to a requisition from our Legis- 
lature, I went to Waxahachie, Texas, to assist in the manufacture of gun 
powder. On the twenty-ninth of the following April, an explosion occurred 
and wrecked the mill, and again I alone was left alive. Then father and 
mother came and took me home where for a long time mother fed me with 
a spoon as one feeds an infant. At last I recovered from my burns, and 
returned to the army again, and shortly after was in that continued series 
of battles along Red River, in Louisiana, known as the *' Banks Campaign 
of i864. M In the final battle, "Yellow Bayou," May 10, I received two other 
wounds in neck and shoulder, and my rifle was shot to pieces while in my 
hands. But to give a detailed account of all or even part of what occurred, 
would extend this sketch beyond all proper limit, suffice it to say that of 
that once splendid regiment of one thousand one hundred and sixty men, 
but two hundred were present on this final battle, May 10, 1864, and of that 
number ninety-six were lost later. 

During those weeks of pain in the fateful days of '62, when life hung so 
long by a slender cord, I realized how weak I was. Then I vowed to the Clod 
of mercy that if He would give me a safe return from the war to my father's 
house, I would henceforth enquire at the door of wisdom to know His will. 
I need only add I have tried to keep my vow. D. C. Nance. 

Duncan ville, Texas, October 15, 1903. 

He is the father of four children named below as twigs : 


Chas. Carlton, 1871, w. 
Ethel Shuee. 
Dallas, Texas. 

James Allen, w. 

l»izzie Carrall ■{ Eugenia. 

De Soto, Texas. 

( Alleen. 
< Eugenia 
I Wilson. 

Quilla. w. 
a rev Hoi 
Duncanville, Texas. | 

Carey Home ..^ -I A O 

Annie I^aura, h. 

Byram P. Morris J Dwight, d. 

DeSoto, Texas. J Don. 

Mary J. Nance — Branch Two. 

Was born in Illinois, September 25, 1845. She was married 
to Jas. W. Reagan, July 18, 1865. He was a bugler in the Con- 
federate army, from Connecticut, just prior to the war. Her 
brother, David, among other complimentary things, speaks of his 
sister's virtues as follows : 

Sbe was a woman of unusual energy. She married in Dallas county, 
and a little later moved out to Brown county, then a wilderness. Wishing 
to educate her children, she Ixmght and paid for a good house in the town 
of Brown wood, from the proceeds of her own labor, and moving to it, sent 
her children to school, still working to support them. Five of her children 
became prominent teachers, and a sixth, Lina, is preparing. She was a 

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member of the Christian church for many years, as was her husband also. 
During the civil war, she was the main stay in her father's home, doing 
most of the labor, clothing the family in home-spun. To her the writer, her 
brother, is due many thanks for the warm clothes which her own hands 
furnished during those four terrible years of privation. She passed to her 
reward July 4, 1890. Her husband followed her, July 4, 1899, nine years to 
the hour. 

Nine children came to bless this couple, the youngest dying 
young. The remaining eight are named below as twigs : 



Horace B. 

Biirney. w., a druggist 

Barl>ara Anderson .... 

Big Springs, Texas. 

A. Burton, w., a merchant 
Fannie Montgomery, 
Blanket, Texas. 

Annie, h., fanner 
11. C. Mayntr, 

Blanket, Texas. 

I.idti, h., music teacher 
Fletcher F.lliott, 

Blanket, Texas. 

William, w., soda water 

Khoda Harrell, 
Cisco, Texas. 

Addie. h., farmer 
John K. Klkins. 
Cisco, Texas. 

Bettie, single. 
i,ina, single. 

Gustavus Adou»hus Nance — Branch Four. 

Was born in Cass county, Illinois, June 8, 1849. He removed 
with his parents to Texas, in 1852, and remained with them on a 
farm until twenty-four years of age, when, in 1873, he married 
Miss Vina T. McElroy, of Ellis county, Texas. She was a native 
of Tennessee, but had come to Texas with her parents, in 1856. 
They continued to farm until 1883, when he, in co-partnership 
with his younger brother, C. P. Nance, founded the town of 
Duncanville, Texas, and opened up a mercantile business. He 
has been in the mercantile business most of the time until the 
present. He has also held the office of postmaster two terms; 
has been notary public for eight years, and justice of the peace for 
a season. At the present he is a merchant at West Dallas, Texas. 

The wife was a Cumberland Presbyterian at the time of their 
marriage, but soon united with the Church of Christ, of which 
church the husband had been a member from young manhood. 
They have been faithful, active members in said communion ever 
since, he filling most of the time the offices of clerk, deacon, or 

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elder. At the present he is elder in the Church of Christ at 
West Dallas. They are the parents of six children, those living 
are named below as twigs : 

Joseph Cary, 1874, is a machinist in the employ of the 
Buffalo Pitts Machine Company, at Houston, Texas ; Frederick 
Karl, 18S1, he is with the Wells Fargo Kxpress Company, Dallas; 
Carlie Lee, 1883, he is with the same company ; Ioma Kka, 1887; 
Claud vS., 1 89 1. 

EttEN Nance— Branch Five. 

Was bom April 12, 1852, in Cass county, Illinois. Came 
with her parents to Dallas county, Texas, the same year. She 
was married to Geo. W. Bowman, of Missouri, June 27, 1872. 
They reside at Ample, Texas. They are the parents of six 
children named below as twigs : 


Charles H., w. 

Bobbie l,ee Jones \ Clarence W. 

I Clara B. 
I.atlonia Q. 
"William M. 

Mary Klizabeth. h. 

Chas. C. McFarlnnd ( Charles Virgil. 

'( Jennie I.neiTe. 
Geo. l,onis. twin to alcove. 

l.nlea K.. h. 

Benj.I-.Hart j Grace 

Ann L,. Nance— Branch Six. 

Was married to William R. Home. They reside at Duncan- 
ville, Texas. They buried a son, Samuel M., October, 1896. 
They have one daughter, Carey, who has a son A. Q. They 
have another son, Homer. This is all the information that has 
come to me regarding this branch. 

Sarah C. Nance — Branch Seven. 

Was married to John Crews. They reside at Clarke, Missouri. 
No further information has reached me. 

Charles Palmer Nance — Branch Nine. 

Was born near DeSoto, Texas, July 10, 1861. He was mar- 
ried to Cordelia P. Garner, near Duncanville, Texas, January 14, 
18S6. He was educated at Add Ran college, Thorp Springs, 
Texas. He has been engaged as farmer, painter, merchant, ;«ost- 
master, railroad agent, notary public, and deputy sheriff. He 
was United States census enumerator in 1900. He is now the 

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senior member of the firm of Nance & Co., general merchandise, 
Duncanville, Texas. This couple are the parents of nine chil- 
dren, named below as twigs : 

Leonard, Wilkie Collins, Allen Quilla, 

Winnie Davis, Washington Lee, George McFall, 

Sallie Ellen, David Woodson, Katie. 

Ktta Nanck— Branch Eleven. 

Was born April 25, 1867, in Dallas county, Texas. She was 

married to Benj. F. Brandenburg, in 1SS6. Their home is at 

Dallas, Texas. They are the parents of eight children, those 

living are named below as twigs. She is said to be a woman of 

more than ordinary intelligence. 

Olin, Abie, Allene, 

Ktta, Kittie Marie, Malta. 

Parthena W. Nance— Limb Fifteen. 

Was born in Green 
county, Kentucky, August 
13, 1816. She died at 
Petersburg, Illinois, July 1, 
1898, at the age of eighty- 
one years, ten months and 
eighteen days. She came 
to Illinois with her parents 
in 1832, and settled near 
Petersburg, which has been 
her home ever since, sixty- 
six years. July 28, 1835, 
she was united in marriage 
to Samuel Hill. Mr. Hill 
became one of the most 
prominent citizens of Men- 
ard county, and at one time 
was the wealthiest citizen. 
Mr. Hill died forty-one 
years before his wife was 
called home, leaving her to 
bear the burdens and fight 
the battles of life alone. 

Mrs. Hill was an associate in her early life with Abraham 
Lincoln, and was the last, but one, of the early settlers in Old 


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— 1 ' 

Salem. (Old Salem is but a couple of miles from Petersburg. 
It was the home of Abraham Lincoln before he located at Spring- 
field, when he was a merchant. It is now a hallowed spot, but 
as a town or village, it is entirely gone. But one of the old build- 
ings remain, a log cabin, once the home of the great emancipator, 
now used as a pig sty, and slowly decaying. Be it said to the 
credit of the citizens, this cabin would be preserved to future gen- 
erations if they were allowed to do so by the owner.) 

Mrs. Hill had a vivid recollection of many interesting incidents 
in the formative years of the martyr President, and was often 
appealed to to verify facts in connection with his life in Menard 

Her relationship with the Presbyterian church, of Petersburg, 
in which she was an earnest and faithful member for almost sixty 
years, was of a most important and intimate character. It would 
be a pleasure to speak of the many excellent and attractive ele- 
ments of strength and usefulness which crowned her life. By 
request of silent lips we attempt no eulogy. None indeed is 
needed. Her faithful life of brave and kind deeds of unselfish 
and loving thoughts ; her strong and symmetrical womanhood ; 
her deep and pure piety ; in all her Christ-like character, speak 
to us louder than words could express the truest eulogy of her 
life. The above facts are drawn largely from a lengthy obituary 
published at the time of her death. 

She was the mother of two children, a son and a daughter. 
The latter died at seven, and the son is named below as branch. 
"Aunt Parthena" is laid to rest beside her husband and daughter 
in an underground vault in the prettiest and best kept cemetery 
for its size, the author has ever seen. 

John Hill — Branch One. 

Civil and mechanical engineer, was born September 6, 1839, 
at Old Salem, Illinois ; completed his education at McKendree 
college, Lebanon, Illinois. He was actively engaged in the Lin- 
coln-Douglas campaign, supporting Douglas vigorously. He was 
the editor of a local newspaper in Petersburg, Illinois, and the 
author of several well known campaign documents. He was a 
delegate to the Charleston convention in i860, and at the age of 
twenty-six, served as a member of the Twenty-fourth General 
Assembly of Illinois. During the civil war Mr. Hill served as a 
commissioner from the Illinois state government to the Illinois 

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In 1872 he moved to Columbus, Georgia, becoming the super- 
intendent of the woolen department of the Eagle & Phoenix Mills. 
Afterwards he was made engineer for these mills, and remained 
in this capacity until 1892. He erected the principal buildings of 
this plant and was widely known throughout the south and cast 
as a mill expert. Mr. Hill was a pioneer in the introduction of 
advanced cotton mill processes, designing many of the same that 
have exerted marked influence on the economical manufacture 
of cotton goods. 

He was the inventor of the automatic sprinkler bearing his 
name, and several other devices pertaining to cotton machinery 
and fire protective devices. He was the pioneer agent of the 
Edison company in the' south, and his introduction of electric 
lighting in the Eagle & Phoenix Mills made these mills the first 
to use electricity for lighting purposes. Mr. Hill formed the Hill 
Automatic Sprinkler Company, the Neracher & Hill Sprinkler 
Company, Warren, Ohio, and later combined his interests with 
the General Fire Extinguisher Company, Providence, Rhode 
Island. He was engineer of the extensive water power develop- 
ments at Columbus, Georgia, and elsewhere throughout the south. 
At the time of his death, January 20, 1898, he was engaged in 
the development of the power at North Highlands, on the Chat- 
tahoochee river. 

He married Lula Clara Crawley, at Jacksonville, Illinois. He 
was the father of four children named below as twigs : 

TWIGS. BUDS. blossoms. 

John, w. 
Stacy Karnest, 
Atlanta, Georgia. 

Perry N., w. 
I<tta Hooker, 
Columbus, Georgia. 

Lulu, h. 

John C. Martin 

Columbus, Georgia. 

Dunn Y., w 
i,ucile Gregory, 
Columbus, Ge 



Perry Nance Hill, twig above, is the electrical engineer of *he 
Columbus Power Company, Columbus, Georgia. 

John Hill, twig above, was born in Columbus, Georgia, on 
August 16, 1874. He received his early schooling in the public 
schools of Columbus, spending his afternoons and vacations in 
machine shops, cotton mills, and draughting rooms. His career 
has been marked by unremitting activity in preparing himself for 

284 The Nance Memorial. 

future work. In 1890 he entered the University of Georgia, 
where he spent two years, taking a scientific course, with special 
work in civil engineering. Upon the advice of the college author- 
ities, he adopted mill architecture and engineering as a profession 
and entered Cornell University, Ithica, New York, where he 
spent three years in special preparation for his work. 

Returning from school in 1896, he associated himself with his 
father in mill engineering. At the death of his father in 1898, 
he accepted the position of southern representative of the Lowell 
Machine Shops, of Lowell, Massachusetts. In this capacity Mr. 
Hill has been engaged in the sale of textile machinery and the 
designing and engineering of cotton mills since that time. The 
Lowell Machine Shop is one of the largest concerns engaged in the 
manufacture of cotton and worsted machinery in the country. 
As their representative he has splendid offices in the Prudential 
building, Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Hill's territory, in which he 
manages the sale of textile machinery, includes that south of 
Baltimore and Indianapolis. Lacely he assumed charge of all 
erection of machinery in his territory, and has an efficient corps 
of competent assistants. He is very popular in Atlanta and is a 
prominent secret order man, being a Knight Templar aud a 
thirty-second degree' Scottish Rite Mason. 

As to the other children or limbs, of Zachariah II., the author 
has been able to learn very little. Sallie, limb four, married a 
Mr. Hash. John Hash, her son, is said to be living at Lancaster, 
Texas, and is eighty-four years of age. 

Eaton, limb uve, died in Grundy county, Illinois, Decembers, 
1S79. He had one son, Robert, who was drowned at Beardstown, 
Illinois, 184S or 9. He also had two daughters, but nothing is 
"known of them. 

Carey, limb twelve, died August 25, 1840, and his widow 
married Joshua Morris, of Cass county, Illinois. He is buried 
beside his parents in Farmer's Point cemetery. 

As Elizabeth Morris (Bingley), the second wife of Zachariah 
Nance II., had children by her first husband, they being half 
brothers and sisters of her Nance children, the author has thought 
best to give a table of thij family. 

Elizabeth Morris was born in James City county, Virginia, in 
1 77 1. She was the daughter of John Morris, and the grand- 
daughter of Mrs. Mary Turner, of same county. She was mar- 
ried to Lewis Bingley, February 28, 1788, in the county of her 

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birth. Mr. Bingley had served three years in the Revolutionary 
army. He died October 13, 1799. Their children are named 
below as limbs. 

The mother was said to be a woman of great energy, and to 
have been very handsome when young, and a beautiful old lady. 
Her likeness appearing at the head of the family will bear that 
statement out. She was the mother of twelve children, surviv- 
ing her secoud husband about fifteen years, dying at the horre of 
her daughter, Mrs. Parthena \V. Hill, Petersburg, Illinois, Jan- 
uary 11, 1850. She is buried at Farmer's Point cemetery, beside 
her husband and near her children. 


John M. Bingley, 1788-1836. 
Nathaniel, died young. 

Mary. 1795-1840, h. 

h. B. Wynne 

Klizaheth. 1797 1840. h. 
James Goldshy, 1793-18*4. 



Several children. 

Polly, 1817 -1813. 


Marion D., 18|n. 
Thomas B., 1M2. 

Win. M.. 1818, w. 

Mary V. 


Maria I*. 
John C. 

James B., 1821. 

Kllen l.. M. 



l%liza .V. 

Klias B. 

Lewis B.. 1823-1816. 

Klizabeth, died young. 

Adeline F. ^Arnold), 


Ellen W.. h. 

J. H. IXxlds 

Chas. H. I odds. 

Znchariah N. 

Thos. \\\. 1838, died y 


1*1 iza Jane. 

Margaret K. *"" "• 

h Caroline W., 1846. 

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David Nance. 

David Nance, the head of this line, was a soldier in the army 
of the Revolution, under Washington. He remained two years, 
when, after the severe winter at Valley Forge, his health was so 
impaired as to be unfit for service, when his nephew, Zachariah 
Nance II., voluntarily took his uncle's place and served until the 
close of the war. When David went home to repair his health, 
he was murdered, and left his children orphans. They were 
bound out at the close of the war. (There are some strange 
things about the murder of this man. I have three accounts 
from as many sources, all giving different name of the murderer, 
so not knowing which account is correct, I mention no names.) 
His brothers and sisters, so far as known, were Zachariah I., 
William Howe, Frederick, and Patsey (Sneed). (See pages four 
and five.) His sons as far as known are named as trunks, or heads 
of the families in tables below. These are traced as distinct 
families, although known to have a common origin. 

Trunk one, Frederick. Trunk two, Clement. 

Trunk three, Robert. Trunk four, Erasmus. 

Trunk five, Giles. Trunk six, William Howe. 

Before proceeding to give these tables, the author presents 
the following historical review of the family, which will speak 
for itself : 



They were of the Albigences in the South of France at the time of the 
persecuting crusades against that people. They fled to Wales in Great 
Britain, and there remained until the persecution there became intolerable. 
Clement Nance landed at Double Bridges and went to Norfolk. They then 
emigrated to America, and were of the number that settled Jamestown, in 
Virginia, the first permanent white settlement in America. 

They had ever firmly held to the doctrine, faith, and practice of their 
ancestors, i. e., the Albigences faith, and came to America with the hope of 

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finding a country and home in which they might establish a government 
fraught with moderation and religious tolerance. 

They formed the embryo of the Baptist church that spread throughout 
the country, from whose church government Thomas Jefferson got his first 
form of a democratic constitution, which afterwards ripened into the Con- 
stitution of the United States. 

Several members of the family were George Washington's companions 
in arms, in each and every engagement, lx>th savage and otherwise. One of 
them saved his life at Bradock's Defeat. Zachariah Nance stood at his side 
when he received Cornwallis' sword. (His children and grandchildren now 
live, April, 1S66, in Dallas county, Texas). 

Written from facts gleaned from family traditions and records by James 
Nance, eldest son of Josiah C. Nance. 
Transcribed by Bertlienia II . Nance. 
February 19, 1S99. (All rights reserved). 

Major Frederick Nance— Trunk One. 

Was, I presume, the first settler at and within the limits of the village 
of Newberry. He was a native of Amelia county, Virginia. He was born 
the fifteenth day of August, 1770, and died the tenth of February, 1S40. He 
married Elizabeth Rutherford, the daughter of Colonel Robert Rutherford. 
Major Nance was the deputy of the first county clerk of Newberry, from 
May term, 1791, and continued in office until 1807, when he resigned. 

After Major Nance's resignation of the clerkship, he was a candidate for 
Congress to fill up General Casey's unexpired term. He was defeated by 
Captain Joe Calhoun, but he received an almost unanimous vote in New- 
berry. He was elected lieutenant-governor, December, iSoS, and qualified 
with the governor, John Drayton. In 181 2, he was elected senator in the 
State Legislature from Newberry, and served two terms. In 1S16 he was 
appointed the elector of president for the congressional district, and voted 
for James Monroe, president, and Daniel I). Tompkins, vice-president. 
Having served for two years as a representative while Major Nance was 
senator, enables me to say that Newberry never has had a more faithful and 
useful servant than he was. He was twice married, his first wife I have 
already named. In 1831, he married Mrs. Theresa Ruff, who survived him. 
By his first marriage he had eleven children, nine of whom lived to be men 
and women. By his last marriage he had one daughter. 

Major Nance was a useful man. He was a good neighbor, a firm friend, 
a devoted husband and father. Having known him from my childhood to 
his death, it is right and proper that I should say he well deserves to be 
remembered, when Newberry presents her most respectable and worthy 
citizens.— Judge OncaVs Annals. 


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His children are named in the table below as limbs : 


Robert R., w. 
Mary Pope. 

Dorothy Brooks, h. 
Thomas Pratt 


f Priestlv Pratt. 
I William Pratt. 


Simeon Pratt. 

The most prominent ! Mrs. Kincaid. 
merchant in Newberry t Mrs. Sim pk ins. 
for many years. 

Martha, h. 

J no. A. Barksdale 

Frances C, h., d. 
Drayton Nance, w. Jas. M. Baxter, d. 

l.ucv Williams 
12 children, 6 of whom 1 Wm. Fred., w. 


C, D. Barksdale, w. 
Lily Fair ." 

J. A. Barksdale, w. 
bin Gray 

Lucy. h. 

1- rank Evans 


reached maturity, 

Sarah Ca lines. 

Jas. Dayton. 

Laura E., h. 

R. I,. McCaughrin. 

Amelia, h. 

Robert Dunlap ( 

Frederick. Jr.. w. 
Margaret Williams. \ 

Marie W.. h. 
Wm. J. Fair 

No living children. 

Sarah Nance, h. 
Robt Dunlap... 

Capt. J. K. G. Nance., 

f Sarah, h. 

! Judge W. H. Wallace. .. 


^ Robert Nance Dunlap. 

f Edwin R. Wallace ( 

Win. James Dray- 

f I.ucv B.. h. 
Walter H. Hunt, 
Newberry, S. C. 

Frances N.. h. 
Jas. II. Mcintosh.. 
Columbia, S. C. 

f Frances. 
I Lucy. 
■i James N., 

Newberry, S. C. 
I Nannie. 

( Rolnrrt. 
Wm. J. Jr., 

Newberry, S. C. 
Mary N., 

Newl>erry, S. C. 

» Jas. Drayton Nance 
I Newberry, S. C. 

Mrs. John C. Sllep- 
Edgefield, S. C. 
Mrs. Victor Gage, 

Burin ingham, Ala 
Mrs. Jas. Maxwell. 
^ Dan'l 11. Wallace, 
Union, S. C. 

Laura A. 










4 sons. 

*ndh. J. K. Griffin. M.C 
3rd h. Gen. Dan. Wallace < 

Frances, h. 

Patrick Calhoun Cald- 

Alfred, w. 

Elvira Henderson. 

Laura, h. 

Wm. Butler 

Leila K. Wallace, h. 

Henry W. Addison. 

Augusta, Georgia. 

f Wallace G., w. 
Alberta Brenner, 
Augusta, Georgia 

Laura V... h. 
J no. C. Lamar, 
Augusta, Georgia 

Martha N., h. 
Jno. Calmes. 
Woodruff, S. C 

Mrs. Morris, 

Edgefield. S. C. 
Mrs. Nicholson, 

Edgefield, S. C. 
Waldo Butler. 

Drayton Nance, limb above, was born at Newberry, South Carolina, in 
iSoo, and spent the whole of his life in his native town. He received his 
education in Newberry, and was graduated from the South Carolina College 
in 1S21. He read law after his graduation, and upon his admission to the 

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Iwr, entered upon the practice of his profession nt Newlierry. In 1826 he 
was elected by the Legislature, commissioner of equity for Newl>erry dis- 
trict. He held the office of commissioner by successive elections until 183S, 
when he declined to serve any longer. 

After leaving the commissioner's office, he retired to private life. He 
had ample estate, and from the income derived from his plantations and 
from other sources, was enabled to live in comfort and entertain his friends 
with old-time southern hospitality. As commissioner in equity he displayed 
talent and ability of a high order. 

Mr. Nance was not an indiscriminate reader. He read chiefly standard, 
historical and classical authors, and very little light literature. "Hut there 
is one lx>ok which the study of all other literature will only render more 
precious, while at the same time it is so surpassing and universal in its range, 
that all other literature serves only for its foil or its illustration, and in which 
there is more wisdom than in all other lx>oks of the world put together," 
which he read constantly and thoughtfully. His knowledge of the Bible 
was surprising, and from that t>ook he drew the inspiration of his life. He 
loved the Bible for its simplicity, its poetry, its grandeur, and above all for 
its divine message of redemption to man. 

He was married on the third of April, 1827, to Miss Lucy Williams, who 
died on the seventh day of November, 1847. She was the daughter of 
Washington and Sarah (Griffin) Williams, of Laurens District, South Caro- 
lina. On the eleventh day of February, 1852, he was again married to Mrs. 
Arianna Livingston, of Florida, who survived him and died in Florida some 
years ago. 

On the eleventh of February, 1S32, Mr. Nance united with the Baptist 
church at Newberry, and in 1854 was elected one of the deacons of that 
church. This office he continued to fill until his death. — Reminiscences of 

Colonel James D. Nance, branch above, was born at Newberry, South 
Carolina, on the tenth of Octol>er, 1837. From his childhood he was dis- 
tinguished for his truthfulness and ready ol>edience to those in authority 
over him. He received his school education at Newl>erry, and was gradu- 
ated from the Citadel Military Academy, of Charleston. 

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In 1859 Colonel Nance was admitted to the bar, and began the practice 
of law at Newberry. His prospect for success in his profession were very 
promising, but his career as a lawyer was cut short by the "war of secession." 

In the winter of 1S60-61, he was unanimously elected captain of the 
"Quitman Rifles," an infantry company formed in Newberry, and after- 
wards incorporated in the Third Regiment South Carolina Volunteers. With 
his company he repaired to Columbia, South Carolina, in April, 1S61, and 
was mustered into the service of the Confederate states. 

At the age of seventeen, Colonel Nance united with the Baptist church, 
at Newberry, and from that period until his death, amid the peaceful pur- 
suits of his home life as well as the fiery ordeals of his military career, was 
distinguished for his Christian consistency. 

Like his great leader, General Lee, he regarded his duty to God as 
above every other consideration. A member of his company relates, that 

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having been ordered to proceed by railway to Columbia, on Sunday, April 
12, 1861, Captain Nance, after the company had been drawn up in iine and 
was ready to march to the railway station, said to his men : " While it is 
our duty to ol>ey our orders to proceed to Columbia, let us not forget that 
this is the Sabbath day." The same gentleman relates, that the night before 
the storming of the works on Maryland Heights, while he lay awake, at 
midnight, his mind filled with deep concern and anxiety as he contemplated 
the desperate character of the work before them on the morrow, he heard 
the subdued voice of some one engaged in earnest prayer. After listening 
intently for some time, he recognized the voice as that of his brave and faith* 
ful commander. "The effect of the prayer on myself," said the gentleman, 
"was to calm and quiet my mind, and I was enabled under its sacred influ- 
ence to resign myself to sleep." Captain Nance, with his company, was 
engaged in the first battle of Manassas. 

On the sixteenth of May, 1862, upon the reorganization of the third 
regiment (the time of enlistment of the men having expired), Captain Nance 
was elected its colonel, a position for which he was eminently fitted. 

As colonel he commanded his regiment in the battles of Seven Pines, 
Savage Station, Malcolm Hill, Maryland Heights, Sharpsburg, Fredericks- 
burg (where he was wounded), Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Knoxville, and 
the Wilderness, where, on the sixth of May, 1S64, he was instantly killed. 
His lxxly was brought home and kept in the Baptist church all night, 
guarded by furloughed soldiers, and after a funeral discourse by Rev. J. J. 
Brantly, I). I)., the next day, was buried in Kosemout cemetery, where a 

chaste and fitting monument now mark its last resting place. 


I think it was generally admitted that Colonel Nance was, at the time 
of his death, the foremost young man of Newberry. Although he was only 
twenty -three years of age when he entered the army, the people had already 
learned to trust him implicitly. His speeches, both in the court room and 

before popular assemblies, were fluent, earnest, and effective. 


In person Colonel Nance was a handsome man. He was of medium 
stature, his figure erect and well proportioned, his features regular, and the 
habitual expression of his face serene and pleasant. In his manners he was 
courteous and dignified. His general appearance was suggestive of great 
firmness and resolution. His engaging social qualities, his sound judgment, 
his transparent honesty, his unselfish patriotism, his high sense of justice, 
his unflinching courage and devotion to duty, and his excellent Christian 
example, combined to form one of those thoroughly balanced and admirable 
characters which appear only at long intervals in the history of a community. 



It seems to me impossible, though oft that dreadful day, 
Came soldiers from along the lines, with tidings of the fray, 
And all agreed that thou hadst fallen, death-smitten in the wood, 
When first the foe was turned and driven, in terror and with blood. 

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Full well I knew the dangers of that dark, entangled place. 
For thou and thine were thrust in front, and dashed into the face 
Of masked battalions hurrying on, elate with victor)', 
O'er lines of men who ne'er l>cfore, were known to yield or fly. 
The yesterday we met those hordes, with our own little band, 
And broke their heavy ranks, and drove them kick on every hand ; 
But now at morn they moved upon us in their full array, 
And swept the bruised and wearied line, that strove to stop the way. 
Lee, stern old warrior, stayed the fight, and Hill, of eagle eye — 
Alas : to small effect, for it seemed, we should hut stand to die ; 
Till I<ongstreet brought his close brigades, of soldiers fresh and brave. 
And rushed upon the foemen like a stormy ocean wave. 
The battle joined, the opposing columns met in deadly shock, 
With shout and shriek and roll of arms, that made the earth to rock ; 
Charging and slaying, till foe fell back on every side, 
And thou lay'st down in victory's arms, and sank, and smiled, and died. 

— From Reminiscences of Seivberry. 

Colonel Robert R. Nance, limb above, was born in 1795, grad- 
uated from South Carolina college in 1813. He was elected 
sheriff of Newberry county in 1832. He removed to Alabama 
in 1835. 

Frederick Nance, limb above, graduated in 1821. Became an 
attorney at law in Newberry. 

Sarah Nance, limb above, had for her second husband, Gen- 
eral John King Griffin, for many years a member of Congress. 
Her third husband, General Daniel Wallace, was also a member 
of Congress from 1848 to 1852. He was the father, by a former 
marriage, of Judge W. H. Wallace. 

Sarah Dunlap, branch above, was married to her step-brother, 
the Judge Wallace named above. He was a very prominent 
jurist and politician. 

Leila E. Wallace Addison, branch above, whose likeness is 
shown herewith, is a daughter of Sarah Nance and General 
Daniel Wallace, limbs above. She is' therefore half sister of 
Sarah Dunlap Wallace, branch. She is also step-sister to Judge 
W. H. Wallace, branch. 

Patrick Calhoun Caldwell who married Frances Nance, limb 
above, was a prominent and distinguished lawyer of Newberry, 
for many years. He was cousin of the illustrious statesman, John 
Caldwell Calhoun. 

Lucy Baxter Hunt, twig above, is the wife of W. B. Hunt, an 
attorney of Newberry. Her father, Jas. M. Baxter, was also an 
attorney of prominence, who left the law for the army, taking the 
side of the south, and becoming a major and later lieutenant-colonel. 


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Clement Nance — Trunk Two. 

With his brothers, came from Amelia county, Virginia, the 
place of their birth, to Newberry, South Carolina, soon after the 
close of the Revolution. He lived, died, and was buried here. 
He left one son, Frederick, of whom the author knows nothing. 
On February 17, 18 12, Clement Nance, of Newberry, South 




Carolina, sold one hundred acres of land to Wm. Wilson, of 
Pittsylvania county, Virginia, the land being in said county and 
in the Nance settlement on Cascade and Sugar creeks. 

Robert Nance — Trunk Three. 

Lived, died, and was buried at Newberry, South Carolina. 
He left no issue. 

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Erasmus Nance — Trunk Four. 

Spent his days at Newberry. Nothing more is known of him. 

Giles Nance — Trunk Five. 

Remained in Amelia county, Virginia, the county of the birth 
of the members of the family, at least until October 19, 1787, for 
on that day he deeded three hundred acres to John Jones, being 
of Amelia county at the time. He deeded nearly six hundred 
acres in 1796, being then a citizen of Nottaway county. He 
deeded other lands in same vicinity in 1802 and 1809, being on 
these dates a citizen of Wake county, North Carolina. He had 
procured one thousand five hundred and seventy-four acres of 
land by patent, from the government, December 1, 1779, also 
located on Cascade and Sugar creeks. 

William Howe Nance — Trunk Six. 

Is supposed to have been named for his supposed uncle of the 
same name, the supposed father of Clement Nance, the head of 
Part I. He was the youngest of his father's children, and was 
bound to a cruel man, at the close of the Revolution, and at the 
age of fifteen years, swam the Roanoke river in mid-winter and 
made his escape to Pittsylvania county, Virginia. At the age of 
eighteen he married Elizabeth Venable Morton, and some years 
later they removed to Davidson county, Tennessee. The sketch 
of " Rural Vale" Homestead below will continue the history of 
this family : 



About the year 1806-7, there came out from Pittsylvania county, Vir- 
ginia, to the fertile basin of middle Tennessee, a young man with his wife and 
two small children, a girl and a lx>y. They came full of hope and enterpri'.e 
to this wonderfully fertil land ; came, as hundreds of people from Virginia 
and North Carolina came, expecting to meet with privations and hardships, 
yet with spirit and hope, l>ent upon sharing the perils and glories of the 
then new west. They came to "Headwaters of Indian Creek," and lodged 
for a brief time in a settler's cabin, luckily found vacant in the vicinity, 
until possession could l>e obtained of the home which they had purchased. 

This home, on which was a rude log house of a single room, they 
romantically named "Rural Vale." Soon the first house was moved to the 
east side of the yard for a cooking kitchen and a neat log room of a story 
and a half was erected in its place. From l>est information, this was built 
al>out 1S09-10. This formed the nucleous of the residence, of William Howe 
Nance and his wife, Elizabeth Venable Morton. This growing family soon 

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took first rank in all the country side, the father becoming, by act of the 
State Legislature, a justice of the peace for Davidson county, Tennessee, 
which prominent position he filled for twenty years prior to his death. It is 
stated by his brother officers that there was never an appeal taken from any 
judgment of his. 

When these sterling Virginia-bred people came from their home beyond 
the Blue Ridge, they brought along the faith of the fathers, and in 1812 they 
aided in forming the Primitive Baptist church, at Concord, three miles away 
on the waters of Mill Creek. The associations thus founded weilded a wide 
influence, the whilom justice of the peace becoming also the pulpit exhorter. 

His children were schooled early in the habits of self-reliance ami 
accumulation. So noticeably is this true that it has been said that, "Where 


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ever you see a Nance, he either has something, or he is at work to get some- 

When the eldest son, Josiah, was twenty-five years old, he married his 
cousin, Bethenia Harden Sneed, whose father's mother was Patsy Nance, 
sister to David Nance, this making William Howe Nance and James Sneed 
own cousins. When Josiah married in December, 1829, his father gave him 
fifty acres, more or less, of the southeast comer of his land, on which he 
settled and raised his family of twelve children and fifteen negroes. 

On Octot>er 5, 1837, William Howe Nance died, aged fifty-eight years, 
leaving his wife and children in possession of "Rural Vale." The wife, 
having the assistance and counsel of her eldest son, who was ever standing 
in the elder brother's place, remained at her home, where her useful busy 
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her health failed. The rush of events and the ever-growing prospects of her 
family brought rapid changes to the old home. 

The fine flowers and medical plants of the garden are things only of 
memory, the beautiful white balled aspens, underneath which the genial 
'squire held his rural court, are hacked, broken, and ragged, what few 
remain. The orchard is decayed and dead, the shrubbery that witnessed the 
love scenes of the bonny maidens, is no more, the sugar trees in the meadow 
have been destroyed for years. How heart-hungry was one, the youngest 
brother, Frederick, far away in his western field of ministerial labor, for just 
one more hour beneath their grateful shade. 

A volume could be written of the biographies of those who made up the 
prosperous household of " Rural Vale." 

The grave yard on the hill lies in peace as the seasons come and go. 
The turf is rarely broken now, the stones stand silent witnesses to the lapse 
of time and the tender memories of the living. The slab alx>ve the parents 
lying side by side l>ears this, cut deep in the stone yet filling with gray moss: 

" Depart my friends and dry up your tears, 
For we must lie here until Christ appears." 

The children are named in the table Inflow as limbs: 


Mary A, Nance, h. 
A. Bush 


Several children. 


Jv>siah C. Nance, w 
Bethenia II. Sliced. 

Samuel, died young. 
James, died young. 

Clement W., w. 
Ann Avant 

Elizabeth M.. h.. d. 
Eld. Wm. B. Owen. d. 

James, w.. 1810-1883 
Celia R. Allen 


Martha H.. h. 

J as. B. Sneed 

Antioch, Tennessee. 

J Joshua W., d. 
I Eugenia S., d. 

f Bethenia M. 
J James C. 
] Bettie Mullin. 
L Josiah C. 

( Pattie. 
■< Bethenia P. 
( Susie V. 

Virginia, h. 

Wm. J. Covington. 

Kdna M. 
Delia II. 
Josiah W. 
Sallie V. 
I Morton. 
L Constanline. 
William, killed at Perry- 

Josiah \\\. killed at Bell's 

landing. 1864. 
Nicholas C, died young. 
Mary, died 1882. 
Bethenia H., 

Murfrecsboro, Tenn. 
Sue M. 
Sallie P. 

I.ucile S., h. 

H. F. Woodward J 9 children. 

Narsissa, h. 

Saltsman 1 



Ann. h. 
L DSmith • {Schildren. 


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Mauri Bell. 

Montgomery B \ Maggie. 


Clement W., w. 

Ann A van t - 

William I.. Nance, wives 

Martha Wilson 

Martha Castleman. 
Marthb Pickarri. 

Mary. h. 
Spilfars Hall 

I, Milton, 

7 children. 

Frederick W. Nance, wlvea 

Margaret Shack lit -j Margaret A., h. 

SUSail M., h. 
A. J. Hamilton. 


Maggie J. h. 

J. Y.Cooper ( 8ewral chJU|re „ 


John, killed with Gen. 

Frederick W., w. 
Mary Rudolph. 
Pomona, California. 

Hlix. Whitsett. 

Martha, h. 
Philip Malory. 

— Kweu, 
In Illinois. 

Benj. Franklin, 

Fresno. California. 
George and Charles, twins 

James. "I.ittle Jim," with 


' ' 6 children. 

Susan Massey. h. f Martha F.. h. 
Isaac Paul..' J Ira P. Jones 

[ 5 other children. 

f A. Jones. 

Elizabeth, h. 
Sam'l Kimhro. 

Ira P. Jones, Jr., 
Nashville. Tennessee. 

11 children. 

Sicily, h. . 

James Murrell -: 4 children. 

America I.ucinria, h. ( 

J. J. S. Killings j 5 children. 

Antoinette. M., h. , 

Gen. Jas. Matlock - 2 children, d. 

Elder Josiah Crenshaw Nance was born in Virginia, in Febru- 
ary, 1804 ; died in exile, banished by the cruel, unnecessary order 
of the federal authorities, November i, 1865. A loyal son, in his 
youth the stay of his parents ; elected captain of state militia ; 
married his cousin, Bethenia H. Sneed, granddaughter of Patsey 
Nance Sueed, December i, 1829. He was ordained a minister in 
the Primitive Baptist church in 1830, and served his church for 
thirty-five years. He was imprisoned by order of Andrew John- 
son, in 1862-3. Faithful unto the end in all things. "When 
Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with 
him in glory." 

Elizabeth Morton Nance, branch, was born in Davidson county, 
Tennessee, December 30, 1832. She died at her home, May 12, 

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1900, aged sixty-9cven years. Elder William Branch Owen was 
born in Halifax county, Virginia, June 29, 1825. They were 
married March 8, i860, and at once took up their home near 
Walter Hill, a suburb of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where they 
continued to reside during a long life. For many years Mr. Owen 
was a prominent minister in the Primitive Baptist church. 

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This marriage was blessed with two children, a son and a 
daughter. As these dear children reached the ages respectively 
of sixteen and fourteen years, and while away at school, they 
were both stricken down by death, and a happy household was 
made desolate. They died, one on the fourteenth and the other 
on the fifteenth of April, 1883, and together were laid to rest in 
the cold, cold ground. 


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Mrs. Owen was of a kind, gentle, and quiet disposition. Born 
in a Christian home and nurtured under sweet Christian influ- 
ences, she developed a decided Christian character. She was a 
devoted wife, a fond mother, an affectionate sister, and a kind 
and obliging neighbor. She was a woman of force and character 
who always did what she thought was right. 

She died in the full triumphant faith in Christian religion. 

44 Only the actions of the just 
Smell sweet ami blossom in the dust." 

Elder Owen sur- 
vived his wife some- 
thing over two years, 
dying September 22, 
1902. He was one of 
the oldest and most 
respected citizens of 
the county. 

William Nance, 
branch, was born 
April 3, 1834 ; killed 
at Perryville, Ken- 
tucky, October, 1862. 

Josiah W. Nance, 
branch, was born 
December 11, 1837. 
Was captain of scouts 
in General Forest's 
command, in 1862, 3 
and 4. He was be- 
trayed while bearing 
important papers, and 
shot to death by the 
Union forces, June 10, 
1864. The following 
letter speaks of the 

brothers above : 

Nashviixe, Tennessee, July 31, 1903. 
Miss BETHENIA H. Nance, Murfreesl>oro, Tennessee. 

Dear Jlfiss Nance : I received your letter of July date, asking of me a 
sketch of your two brothers, William Nance and Josiah \V. Nance, two 
young men who were members of my original company I of the 2nd Ten- 
nessee infantry regiment of the Confederate states army. My first recollec- 
tion of seeing your two brothers was when they came to Nashville from 

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Murfreesboro about the first of May, 1861, ami enliste<l in my old company 
when we were encamped in the fair grounds at Nashville, just before leav- 
ing for Virginia. They were attractive, gainly looking young men. While 
under my immediate command, which was for the first year of the war and 
until after the lxattle of Shiloh, they were model soldiers. Intelligent, cour- 
ageous, of good habits, and always ready and willing for duty. They were 
upright, moral, and discreet young men. They were generally found 
together in and out of camps. I never knew two more devoted brothers. 
They were so sedate and dignified that the boys in the company, by way of 
distinction and in pleasantry, called William "the doctor," and J. W. " the 
judge." They were under me during the fighting at Acquia Creek and the 
battles of Hull Run and Shiloh. 1 was then separated from my old regiment 




until it became a part of my division late in the war. Meanwhile, William 
Nance was killed in the battle of Perryville. After his death J. W. Nance 
was transferred to cavalry ( I do not know to what immediate command ' , and 
was killed in battle, June 10, 1864, under Forest. As patriots these two 
brothers became soldiers in defense of their country, — as soldiers they died 
in defense of their country, and are to-day numbered among the martyrs 
who gave up their lives in defense of the just and righteous cause of our 
southland. Very respectfully and truly yours, 

Wm. B. Bate. 


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Bethenia H. Nance, author, poet, and educator, was born in 
Davidson county, Tennessee, and has spent most of her life in the 
same county. As a teacher she spent years in Fulton, Kentucky, 
and also in Hamburg, Mississippi, and other places. 

Some years since her brother-in-law, Elder Wm. B. Owen, 
who, with his family appears above, died intestate, leaving her 
by will, a fine country seat near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Here 
she is spending her days in comparative affluence. 

Cousin Bethenia has been an inspiration to the author, show- 
ing much love for the family and name as is seldom found. She 
became acquainted with our family by meeting Mrs. Governor 
Nance on an overland train from California, some years since. 
She has been quite a favorite among our people who have had the 
pleasure of meeting her. The author here expresses the hope 
that our lines may verge some day. 

The reader is indebted to cousin for "Rural Vale," and all 
that is connected therewith. 

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William Nance. 

Nothing is known of the ancestry of this William, except that 
an old grandmother in the family was under the impression that 
his father was Richard Nance. This, however, is uncertain. 
Richard Nance, head of Chapter IV., had a son, William, but the 
name Reuben does not appear among his seven sons. 

This particular William had several sons, and the names remem- 
bered being Clement, John, and Reuben. Nothing is known of 
Clement or John. Clement may be the head of Part I. The 
author is inclined to believe he is. First, because they each had 
William for father. Second, because they came from same part 
of Virginia ; Clement, of Part I., living in the extreme southwest 
part of Pittsylvania county, and Reuben coming from Henry county, 
adjoining Pittsylvania on the west. Third, from the striking 
resemblance of the two families to the present day. Fourth, 
from dates. Clement, of Part I., had children born as early as 
1776, and Reuben had one, not his first, born about 1780. Thus 
their father or fathers were born not far from 1730. John may 
be the head of Chapter V. 

Reuben Nance, the remaining son, and trunk of the family 
below, lived in Patrick aud Henry counties, Virginia. In Octo- 
ber, 1779, he was made second lieutenant of Captain Brice 
Martin's company, from Henry county, and he resided in Henry 
county in 1782. He was a neighbor and intimate friend of Pat- 
rick Henry. Upon his return from the convention for the 
adoption of the Federal Constitution, Patrick Henry said to Mr. 
Nance, that it, the Constitution, would prove a road of sand. 

His first wife was Anna Williams, who bore him fourteen 
children. The second wife was Nancy Brown, and she was the 
mother of thirteen children, thus rouuding out twenty-seven 
children for Reubeu, and giving him the blue ribbon for the 
largest family of the name as far as the author has ever hea-d. 

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The entire twenty-seven are said to have been reared, and most 
of them married, but only the names of eleven have come to the 
author. O, that we might have the other sixteen. 

Nearly all emigrated to Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North 
Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama, in their wilder- 
ness state, having to meet and deal with the savages. 

This is one of the most interesting families the author has 
studied, because of the possibilities above, and its complications 

Peyton Skipper Nance, limb, and one of the twenty-seven, 
married his first cousin, Miss Eleanor Nance Simms. Their 
daughter, Mary Anne, married Spottswood A. Nance, twig in the 
Richard Nance family, Chapter IV. (There is no evidence but 
the name that they were of kin.) Then their son, Spottswood 
A., junior, married his first cousin on his father's side, Miss 
Iantha A. Nance. And further, Miss Eleanor Nance Simms is 
said to have had two sisters who married two brothers of the said 
Peyton Skipper Nance. 

Nothing is known of the family of these Simms sisters. Their 
mother must have been a sister of Reuben. This opens up other 
possibilities. What a field for a genealogist with time and money. 

Very little is known of the relative ages of these twenty-seven 
children. Joseph was of the older set. John was his full brother. 
Stephen was of the younger and a half-brother. All else is con- 
jecture, or guess. The known names of the twenty-seven are 
given below as limbs : 

Joseph, William, Clement, Bird, 

Isham, John, Kdmond, Lessenby, 

Peyton Skipper, Reuben, Stephen. 

Joseph, limb. Dr. A. L. Nance, Gainesville, Georgia, writes 
of him : 

I recollect two of my grandfather's brothers, both from Tennessee, visit- 
ing him at the same time. Uncle Joseph was the older, a brother, and t'ncle 
Stephen the younger one, a Baptist minister, a half-brother. 

William Nance, limb. His descendants below know very 
little about him, except that his father was named Reuben, and 
that he csme to Tennessee from Virginia or North Carolina, set- 
tling in Henry county. They remember his having one brother 
named Bird, or Captain Bird, and another named Reuben. He 
was the father of six children named below as branches : 

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' Mary, h, 
Chas. McClosky. 

Martin Nance, w. 

Eliz. Chisenhall 

Lived in Illinois; died 

in Tennessee. 

Patrick, of whom noth- 
ing is known. 

Joseph Nance. 

Klmira Frances, h. 
John McDole 

Jas. Lafayette, w. 
Rebecca Townley. 


( Hattie. 
( Frank. 

"» Thos. J. 


Thos. Jefferson, killed at 

Wm. Joseph, 

TaylorviHe, Illinois. 

Never married. 
John Henry, 

Windsor. Illinois. 

Never married. 

Kid. Andrew Jackson, 

1RW, w. 

Sarah Alice Toien 


Cordelia Alice, h. 

d. 1900 
B. F. Bryant 

Winfield Scott, died at 21 

Wm. Henry Nance 

Taladega, Alabama. 

Jas. W. Nance, 

Dora Belte. h. 
Ed. Y. Puckett.... 

Mary Kosella, h. 
Kmtnetl Wacaser. 

Wilford Oscar, w. 
Ethyl Birch, 

I Violet Sylva. 

No issue. 

r Wm. H. Nance, w. 
Louise G. Rodgers. 

J. J. Nance. 

Jas. W.. Jr., w. 
Laura Rodgers. 

Jonathan, w. 
Eugene Rodgers, 
Helena, Ark. 

Turner H., 

Talladega, Ala. 
Ruth Nance. 
Lewis J. 
Rev. Walter B., 
I. China. 

( Paul. 

V Glendale. 

( Eva Irine. 

J Clifford M. 

James R 

E. Nance, a 

son of 
James R.] 

Martha J., h. 

Dr. T. G. Black 

Clayton, Illinois. 

r Edward, 



Andrew Jackson. 

J Finis K. 
i John J. 

Tabitha J h. f gg" * 


Nashville, Tennessee. 

( Belle. 

Thos. Jefferson ■{ Hall. 

f Jennie. 

Mary, h. 
Spear , 


' Alexander 
Henry Clay. 
Toj>eka, Kan. 

Mary Phoebe, h. 


Toi>eka, Kan. 

Sam i Joseph J Allnrrt. 

Robertson Fork, Tenn. 1 Lulu. 

306 The Nance Memorial. 

WIM.IAM NANCP,— Continued. 


f thou, J 4 Wv _ 

l^iWMII, Mo. » ,,v "* 

Reuben Nance J Jefferson Aiuzl. w., 1823 

"} Matilda Al*crnathy ^ John B 

KxceUior Springs, 
Henry, nothing known. Missouri. 

Talhith, nothing known 

Wilkin* R. 
Mary (Duncan^. 
. Martha (Wright). 

The above family are badly scattered, being found in Alabama, 
Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, 
Tennessee, and Texas. One is in China, a missionary of the 
Cross. From what the author knows of them, they are a superior 
family, devoted to their kindred, and above all, to their God, and 
the church of which they are members. As far as known they 
are members cf the Christian church. He has had much corre- 
spondence with J. A. Nance, twig above, of Excelsior Springs, 
Missouri. He saw my name in one of our church papers, and 
wrote asking if I were a son of his uncle, Martin, who had 
removed from Tennessee to Illinois at an early day, and had been 
lost to his family. About the same time, the author saw the 
name of Elder A. J. Nance, twig above, in one of our church 
papers. He wrote to him, and to his surprise he said his father 
was Martin Nance ; that his father left his kin in Tennessee at an 
early day and came to Illinois. Thus he was enabled to discover 
and restore first cousins. This is one of several similar instances 
that has come to the author. These cousins have become fast 
friends. The above cousins, and Samuel Joseph, a cousin to each, 
all so much resemble our family that they will be taken for a 
Nance wherever found. 

Elder A. J. Nance, twig above, and whose likeness appears 
herewith, and who is mentioned in the sketch below, is a personal 
and valued friend of the author. It is a great pleasure to me and 
my family to entertain him. Anyone would know he was a 
Nance, by his looks and by his conversation. We are 
taken for brothers. Claud F. Witty, editor of the Christian 
Helper, Marshalltown, Iowa, has sent the following tribute, which 
is much better than could have been prepared by the author from 
the meager material ou hand : 

Elder A. J. Nance was born June 19, 1846, in Shelby county, Illinois, 
where be grew to manhood. His boyhood days Svere spent on a farm, where 
in close communion with nature, he developed not only a strong, healthy 
body and a stronger mind, but a very strong character, which is, no doubt, 
the index to the prcat success he has had in his chosen field of labor, namely 
the Christian ministry. He having beguu to preach soon after obeying the 

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Savior in early life. A careful study of God's word convinced him that 
Alexander Campbell and the pioneers were ri^ht when they adopted the 
motto, "Speak where the (Utile speaks, and be Hilcnt where the Bible is 
silent." Hut his strong reasoning powers combined with his supreme rev- 


erence for God and his word, have shielded him from the follies of many 
others who have adopted the same motto. For a number of years Mr. 
Nance has occupied a prominent position on the staff of the Odographic 
Review^ published at Indianapolis, Indiana. He has baptized more than 


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four thousand people with his own hands, and has traveled from Ohio on 
the east to the Great Salt Lake on the west. Elder Nance is a deep thinker, 
a clear, profound, and logical reasoner ; has the courage of his convictions ; 
is generous in all matters of opinion, but very exacting in matters of faith ; 
always sees the bright side of things, and is one of the most entertaining 
men it has been our good fortune to meet. 

Jefferson Amzi Nance, twig above, was born in Tennessee, 
November, 1823. He was married in 1846, and moved to Mis- 
souri in 1854, where he has resided ever since, farming, until too 
old for active work. He is now retired, quite feeble, and nearly 
eighty-one. He was elder in the Christian church for many 
years. His son, Thos. J., has been elder in same church for 
many years. 

Clement, limb. Nothing is known of him. 

Bird, or Captain Bird, limb, an old gentleman, died in Rich- 
mond, Missouri, some years since, aged about ninety. He was 
too old to write or to remember much distinctly, when the author 
first learned of him. Jefferson Amzi Nance, twig of the table 
above, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, used to visit him, and they 
claimed kinship, but could not be certain. Now it is certain. 
Captain Bird said there were twenty-one boys and seven girls in 
the twenty-eight. 

Isham Nance, limb. Nothing is known of him. 

John Nance, limb. His wife was Christiana Ryan. He was 
the father of nine children, named below as branches. He was a 
son of the first wife of his father. He died during the civil war, 
at the age of eighty-four, and therefore must have been born 
about 1780. (This is the only date giving indication what time 
of the world's history these twenty-seven lived). Dr. A. L. 
Nance, Gainesville, Georgia, has given me all I have as to this, 
his grandfather. Georgia has ever been their home. 







Wesley B., w. 

' Dr. Almon i«. Nance, w. 

Gainesville, Ga. 


Almon I..Jr 

Gainesville, Georgia. 

Alice C. h. 

John Wesley, w. 

F. H. Pfeffer 

Mankato, Minn. 



Fredric D. 

Alice A. C, h. 

Marvin, on the 
lecture platform. 

Madison, died during the 

Kev. A. W. Williams.... - 

Maude, h. 

civil war. 

„ (M. K. S.) 

Trnf trr 










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Dr. Altnon Lewis Nance, twig above, was born in Jackson 
county, Georgia, October 17, 184 1. He entered the State Uni- 
versity, at Athens, Georgia, in 1858, where he remained until 
the beginning of the civil war, completing the Freshman, Sopho- 
more, and Junior courses. At the first call, he, with two-thirds 
of his class, enlisted in the first company that left Athens, April, 
1 86 1. He remained to the close of the war, surrendering at 
Appomatox, in 1865. Space forbids the mentioning of many 
interesting events in this four years of strife, but I must mention 
one instance which shows what material the doctor is made of. 
Once, on the march along side of Geueral Longstreet, the general 
said to the doctor : "That which you and your fourteen comrades 
did at Crampton Gap, or South Mountain, virtually saved the 
Virginia army from annihilation." 

At the close of the war, Mr. Nance chose medicine as a pro- 
fession, and graduated at the Philadelphia University of Medicine 
and Surgery, in 1868. He has stood at the head of the profes- 
sion in Georgia as a general practitioner, but for the last few 
years has devoted almost all his time to rectal troubles or diseases, 
enjoying a reputation in the south not equalled by any other in 
this line of practice. 

In 1894 he was elected secretary of state as a reformer. He 
is considered one of the ablest men in the state on the financial 
questions of the day. The doctor has promised pictures of his 
grandfather, father, himself, his sou, and his grandson for this 
work but they have not arrived. 

Wesley Berryman Nance, bud, the son, like his father and 
grandfather, is a great philanthropist, noted for his goodness, 
being loved by both rich and poor. 

Edmond, limb. Nothing is known of him. 

Lessenby, limb. Nothing is known of him. 

Peyton Skipper Nance, limb. He married his first cousin, 
Miss Eleanor Nance Simms. He was a prominent Primitive 
Baptist miuister. His seven children are named below as branches: 


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Caroline, h. 
\V. W. Worrel. 

Martha, h. 
D. Kagan. 


Mary Anne. h. 
Spot's wool A. Nance. 

Spotswood A.. Jr., w. 
la nt ha A. Nance .... 
Dallas, Texas. 


Mary, h. 
C. A. Malony, 
Dallas, Texas. 

Virgie A., h. 
C. H. Garrison, 
Rhyan, Indian Territory 

Margaret, h. 
J. P. Dixson. 
Enid, Oklahoma. 

Nicholas H.. 1881. 
. Spotswood B.,1887. 

2dw.I < ucyA:PaUon...;.. j John Albert( 19o2 

John Peyton, w. 

Margaret Trice 

Big Kock, Tennessee. 

Mary E. 

Minnie O.. h. 
N. Duncan. 

SpOtSWOod B., w. 

Kate Kudgers. 

Mary Augusta, h. 

H. C, Richards ( Haywood C. 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky « Molly. 

Oney I... h. 

J.J. Mabry j 6children. 

( Bard well, Kentucky. 
Emma Forest, h. 

W.T. Bedford / 7 children. 

( Paducah, Kentucky. 

Oney. h. 

Joe I^edford. 


Peyton Walker j Mollie Earle. 

i Madisonville, Kentucky 
Dr. Jeptha Greenberry, 
Gracey, Kentucky. 


Reuben, limb. Nothing is known of him. 

Stephen, limb. He is one of the younger set and a Baptist 

, limb, one of the twenty-seven, but his name is forgotten. 

He married a Miss Ingram. Their seven children are given below 
as branches : 


Thomas. 1822, w. 
Elizabeth Shackelford. 








William, w. 

Eliza Craven 

Savannah, Missouri. 

2d w. Miss E. Stevenson. 

Frank, w. 


Allie. h. 

J. W. Gibson. 

Des Moines. Iowa. 

Arthur G. 


' Pauline, h. 
W. Madgett, 
Hastings, Nebraska. 

Elizabeth E., h. 

Jennie E. Morris ^ J. 1. Warner, 

Savannah, Missouri. 

St. Joe, Missouri. 

Sydney G. 
Lawrence F. 
Helen M. 

Frank, twig above, has given me all I know of this family. 
He is a banker at Savannah, Missouri, being president of the 
Exchange Bank. He began life as a station agent for the Kan- 

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sas City and St. Joseph, and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 
railways. He was a grocer twenty years, then took to banking. 
William, twig above, has been agent for the Chicago, Burling- 
ton and Quincy railroad at Savannah, Missouri, for forty years. 
His son, Arthur, bud, is assistant agent. 


Fred Nance....* j \ John. 

Father not known, but J James < Robert. 

one of the 27. I James. 

Kngineers W. A. R. R. 
Atlanta. Georgia. 

Fleming Nance 

Father not known, but 
one of the 1*7. 

Harvey ( Edward Nince. 

( Evansville, Indiana. 

Monroe ( I^aura. h. 

| Rhodes Hill. 

Atlanta. Georgia- 


312 The Nanck Memorial. 



Richard Nance— Trunk. 

Was born (perhaps), about 17 14 ; his wife was Mary. He no 
doubt went from Dinwiddle, to Bedford county, Virginia, as his 
sons, Nathaniel and Thomas came from that county. He prob- 
ably spent his declining years with his son, Thomas, as the Bed- 
ford records show that on March 27, 1780, he deeded eight (8) 
negroes and all other real and personal property to his son, Thomas. 

The children of Richard and Mary Nance, were Elizabeth, 
who married William Jones, and had one child, Mary Jones, who 
married John Bates, November 10, 1774. She was born Septem- 
ber 25, 1749, and was left to the care of her grandparents, Rich- 
ard and Mary Nance. 

Richard and Mary Nance were also the parents of three sons, 
William, Nathaniel, and Thomas. 

Nothing further is known as to the family of Elizabeth Nance 
and William Jones. 

Nathaniel was a planter in Dinwiddle county, and appears to 
have remained there. Nothing is known as to his posterity. 

The other two children are given as limbs, or heads of the 
tables below. 

William Nance^Limb Two. 

* • 

Was twice married. His first wife was a Hawkins. She bore 
him two son?, Hawkins and Mourning, and three daughters. 
Nothing is known as to any of these five branches. 

His second wife was Mary Thorpe Hoard, widow, whom he 
married in 1 784. They were the parents of six children, branches. 
Thomas, Joel, Paschal, Mary M. (Ryan), and Elizabeth (Bocock), 
it is said settled in Kentucky, near Roaring Springs, Triggs 
county. Paschal never married. Thomas and Joel each reared 
a large family, it is said. Mary had no children. Nothing is 
known as to the family of Elizabeth. 

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John 15 the remaining son, or branch. He remained in Bed- 
ford county, Virginia, caring for his mother in her old age. He 
was born in 1790 and died in 1846. His wife was Martha Estes. 
They were first cousins, their mothers being sisters. They were 
the parents of fifteen children, those growing up are named below 
as twigs : 



Thaddeus C, w. 
Bailie Johnson. . 

Wm. P.. w. 

Sarah P. Cheatwood .. 
Boonsboro, Virginia. 

< Thos. W.. w. 

[ Mrs. Phelps 

! Rlisha. w. 
Miss Hancock 


McHenry, 185* w. 

Mildred M. Peters 

I Davis Mills, Virginia. 


Russell C, w. 

Martha Wells J James W. 

Clarksville, Mo. ( Prances P. 

Lulu Preston, P. 
Mary Leighton. 

I.illian Vernon, B.h. 
Wm. Macafee Guy j . e 

Payuesville. Mo. f Isaac s. F. 

Julia Reese H. 

Florence R. T., h. 

Oscar DeMott I 

I. Washington, D.C \ 

Mar Amo- 

Several children. 

Spotswood A., Jr., w. 
Iantha A. Nance...., 

Dallas, Texas. 

Spotswood A., w. 
Mary Anne Nance 

(See page 310 for this 

family in full.) 


* Several children. 

Thaddeus H. 
George R. 
Susan C. 
Hubert A. 
Henry K. 
Oscar L- 

Mary, h. 
C. A. Malony, 
Dallas, Texas. 

Virgie A., h. 
C H. Garrison, 
Rhyan, I. T. 

Margaret, h. 
J. P. Dixson, 
Enid, Oklahoma. 

Nicholas K., 1881. 
b Spotswood B., 1387. 

2d w. I,ucy A. Patton.. 
Four families. 

John Albert. 1902. 

Crlia (Burnett) 

I 15 children. 

Mary (Wade) j n children. 

Lucinda (Wade) j Schildren. 

Edwin, w. 


Roaring Springs, Ky 







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WILLIAM NANCE— Continued. 


Albert, w. 

Whit ten 


Bunker Hill, Virginia. 
( Albert. 



EHra (.Wade) ( 

Benj. Estes. w.. 1830-1TO2 
Elisabeth Tinsley 


Margaret Kstes, h. 
Jortlon , 

Martha, h. 

1 ranklin, Mo. 

I„aura. h. 

P. H. Burton 

Franklin, Missouri. 

Emma (Wright). 
Stewartsville, Mo. 

Thorpe Hoard, w. 

j Kosseau. 
( Gordon. 

- 5 childreu. 

I^slie P. 

Benj. N. 

l'rewitt B. 





2d w. Pots. 

Iantha Adelia, h. 
S. A. Nance. (See above 
for family.) 

i. Albon. 



f Albert W., W. 

John F.. w.. 1W0 

Davis Mills, Virginia. 

Will>er A., w. 

Mary E., h. 
-l«eftwich .., 







CI eon. 



J Elkins W., V». 
{ William James. 

Rolnrt E., single. 
Sarah E., single. 

The Burnett family, above, moved to Gentry and DeKalb 
counties, Missouri, in 1868. The Wrights went to Gentry county 
in 1857. 

Benjamin Estes Nance, twig above, was born in Bedford 
county, Virginia, February 17, 1830. He died at his home, 
Wheatland Farm, near New Franklin, Howard county, Missouri, 
May 22, 1902. He was ninth in a family of fifteen children. 
He was married to Miss Klizabeth Tinsley, in his native state, in 
1846. Of this union there were seven children, all but two dying 
iu early life. These two are named above as buds. 

He came to Missouri in 1856, and settled on the farm where 
he spent most of his life, and where he passed away. He was a 
farmer and stock man all his life. He organized the Bank of 
New Franklin, and was its president a long series of years. His 
success as a business man was marked. He accumulated wealth 

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rapidly. Endowed as he was with wonderful physical endurance, 
and a constitution of iron, and with all a will of indomitable cast, 
everything about him had to move, or get out of the way of the 
movement which he created and directed. 

He was a missionary Baptist from early life until 1889, when 
he united with the Methodist church. His home was the itiner- 
ant minister's abode. His generous hospitality was of the Vir- 
ginia type. He left a large estate to his two daughters. 

The above facts are gleaned largely from a lengthy obituary 
published in a local 
paper at the time of 
his death. 

Wm. P. Nance, 
bud above, was born 
at Davis Mills, Vir- 
ginia. He was edu- 
cated for medicine, 
but the civil war 
coming on just be- 
fore finishing his 
studies, he went 
into the war under 
"Stonewall" Jack- 
son. He received 
two wounds during 

the conflict. He did 
not return to his 

studies at the close 
of the war, but 
turned his atten- 
tion to farming and 
fruit growing. He 
was married to 
Sarah Porter Cheat- 
wood, February 9, 1870. He is the father of six children named 
above as blossoms. Being highly educated himself, he took great 
care that his children should be thorough in their studies. He 
always taught them at night and never allowed them to retire 
until the lessons for the next day were prepared. 

John F. Nance, twig above, was born in Bedford county, 
Virginia, in 1840. His whole life has been spent in his native 
county. His postoffice is Davis Mills. He has been a valuable 

JOHN p. nance 



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assistant in preparing matter relating to this family. He thinks 
that there are over one hundred thousand living descendants of 
our immigrating father, Clement, or whoever he may have been, 
while if the dead were counted, the million mark would be passed. 
He was left an orphan by the death of both parents, at the age of 
seven, and was reared by his brother, Albert. 

He joined a cavalry compauy in April, 1861, and served four 

years in tb fc * Confeder- 
ate army as private in 
the same company. 
He is proud of his 
service for the con- 
federacy and wishes 
future generations to 
know that he believes 
that time will yet 
prove to the white 
race the world over 
that the south was 

Spotswood A. 
Nance, bud, head of 
the firm of S. A. Nance 
& Company, whole- 
sale dealers iu dry 
goods, notions, boots, 
shoes, hats, caps, and 
gloves, Dallas, Texas, 
is a very interesting 
correspondent. He is 
also interesting in his 
family relations. His 
mother is a daughter 
of Peyton Skipper 
Nance, of the twenty- 
seven children of Reuben Nance, Chapter III., while his father, 
Spotswood A. Nance, is one of the fifteen children of John and 
Martha Estes Nauce, above. Both families are large and promi- 
nent. They bear the same name, but the author has not found 
the connecting link. 


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Thomas Nance— Limb Four. 

Thomas Nance could not have been born later than 1748, for 
on October 30, 1769, he purchased a tract of land in Bedford 
county, he being a resident of Dinwiddle county at the time. He 
must have been at least twenty-one years of age at that time, or 
he could not have held realty. Thomas was a soldier in the Rev- 
olutionary army, and was wounded at Eutaw Springs, South 
Carolina. His first wife was Sarah Gibbs. They appear to have 
been the parents of nine children, named below as branches, 


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though the information is not conclusive, besides it is somewhat 

After the death of his wife, Thomas left Bedford county, and 
with some of his children settled in Knox county, Tennessee, near 
Knoxville, in about 1806 or 1807. Although quite old, he mar- 
ried again after going to Tennessee, and raised a family. His 
secoud wife was Mary Cooper, of Knox county. It appears that 
the names of some of these second set of children are the same 
as those in the first family. The information received from the 
different sources cannot be harmonized any other way. (Mr. J. 


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A. McDannel, as well as the author, has spent many an hour 
trying to harmonize these conflicting statements, and what fol- 
lows is the best we have been able to arrive at.) 

By the second wife there appears to have been five children. 
These fourteen are named below as branches : 



Paschal (Creary) 

Archibald, w, 

Nancv Williams 

Married March 10. 17*1 

Allen B., w. 
Mary A. Wade. 

' Leonard C. w. 
Mary Tipton .. 

Peter, w. 
Mary Pryor... 
Married, 1801. 

Pryor. w.. 1804 
Harriet Davis. 

, Harvey 


f Archibald (Hughes 
I Crow (Wade). 
} Nancy (Wade). 

Ellen (Wade). 

Jane (Cobb). 

Susan (Woods). 

Archibald W., w. 
Love A. Hardwick. 

\ Samuel, d. 
I James d. 

Wiley W. 
Edwin E. 

Ollie A. 
Chas W. 
Davis E. 
l.e Roy W. 
Nancy J. 
Carrie V. 
Allen N. 

. , 1 


William A. 

Charitv W. 

Peter H. 

Mary M. 

Charles R. 

Davis A. 


William C. 

Edward M. 

Mary Jane, h. 

Dr. J no. Kouche... J Jennie, h. 


G. McTeer. 

Beverly P. 



Minerva L. 

f Jos. Albert! 


Mary I,ane. 

Lucy Ann, h.. 


Abner J. 

J. C. S. McDannel. - 



Hugh P. 


1 Thos. H. 

Mary E., h. 

S. S. Thompson. 

CalawayBlanton.w ( Samuel. 
Mary French \ Alvin. 

( Mary, 
Prvor, w. 
Ella Biddle \ Samuel. 


Harriet C, h. 
Wm. H. Hughes. 

James G. 


( Lena. 
■< Elnora. 
( John. 

Caroline E., h. 
Julius Aurin..., 

Samuel H., w. 

Mary Worthington j CaroUne> 

Margaret H., h. < 
John Morris. 


William E. 

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Harriet E.. h. 
B. F. Duncan. . .. 

Benj. F. 

Rutus. w. 
„ Holland 

•: 3 children. 

Peter, w. 

Mary Hmeline. h. 
Calaway Wanton, 



Pryor N. 

James P. 

Mary E. 
Aaron B. 
Amanda P. 




Married, 1801. 

Lucy Ann. h. 


Mary. h. 
Horace Smith. 

Kllen. h. 
Alfred Jackson.. 






Polly, h. 
Green Pry or. 

Minerva L.., h. 
1 Dr. John Fouehe. 



f Chas. McG., w. 
Cath. S. Taub 

Fannie, h. 

J no. B. Brown low. 

( Rose. 

->, Charle?. 
( Others. 

f William. 
J Kliza. 
] JohnT. 

^ Jennie. 

Sarah, h. 

John Pryor 

Married May 1, 1806. 

J Dr. Win. Pryor. 
i Kdward M. 


Archibald W., 
Sarah Stevens. 
Married, 1833. 

John Cooper. 
William H. 

Caroline, h. 
S. F. Plunilee. 

f Mary A., h. 

Samuel S. 
William H. 

Elder Thos. G., w. 

Clara A. Scott 

Clifton, Texas. 

Marshall, w. 
Miss Butler 

Americus C, w. 
Mary Jane Cross. 

Mary K..h. 

( Roberta. 
i, Bessv Cleon. 
I Walter Everett 

| I.illian 
"f Blanche. 

4 Harry. 

» Mrs. V. Eatherly. 

Harriett, h. 
Col. Thos. Boyd. 

Caroline E., h. 
Michael Gorday, 

The author is indebted very largely to Mr. J. A. McDannel, 
of Washington, D. C, for the information concerning Richard 
Nance and his family as given in the tables above. He was the 
most thorough-going correspondent the author has had in the 
work. Our correspondence continued from August, 1 898, to May, 
1899, ten months. In that short time the author was given sixty- 
six pages, nearly all closely type written. Much of this matter 


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would be interesting reading in this work, did space permit. At 
one time the author hoped that we might combine our interests 
and issue a much larger work than the present, but something 
happened that changed his thoughts and blighted his hopes. 
Cousin McDannel, being young and susceptible to less serious 
thoughts than those used when pouring over the past and almost 
forgotten generations, fell a victim to cupid, swearing allegiance 
to Miss Mary J. Lane, and forgot his generations. Being a 
blossom himseif, took unto himself another. And what shall the 

harvest be? Fruit, of course. 


Joei, Nance — Limb. 

Joel Nance married Polly Philpot, in Virginia. Nothing more 
is known of him, only that he had one son, Clement, and a son 
Allen. Allen is said to have lived in Benton, Kentucky ; to have 
had one son, Rev. George Nance, of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, South, in Texas. 

Clement is the branch from which the twigs in the table below 
sprung. His wife was a Miss Ledbetter. It is more than likely 
that Joel is the son of William, and grandson of Richard, head of 
the family above, who is said to have emigrated to Kentucky 
with his brothers, Thomas, Paschal, and Peter, between 1810 and 
1826, settling near Roaring Springs, Triggs county. Believing 
this the author places his family where it should be. 


Monroe Nance, w. 

Clio Gruhhs 

Paducah, Kentucky. 

Rev. Wm. Peyton, w. 

Martha A. Eaker 

M. E. church, South. 

Mrs. Mobley. . 
Henry G. 

Jane (Moore) 













Fabian A., w. 

Jennie Broad 

Marion, Illinois. 
A merchant and dealer in 

country produce. 


William C. 
George H. 
Ed. Fabian. 
Warder P. 
Robert D. 

IvOulie, h. 

Rev. R. P. Howell f _,, . 

M. E. church, South. \ * n,an - 

Sandiago, California 

2 children. 



\ 2 children. 


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John Nance — Trunk. 

John Nance, born in North Carolina. Nothing more is known 
of him. William Franklin Nance, limb, born in North Carolina. 
The last years of his life were spent in Henry county, Tennessee, 
and in Graves county, Kentucky, near May field, where he died 
in 1867, at the age of eighty-six. He was a tobacco planter in 
these latter states. It is said that he was a man of great courage 
and with an ungovernable temper. Was a man of giant physique; 
tall, raw-boned, strong as an ox and brave as a lion. He was 
married four times and was the father of twenty-three children. 
His brothers are said to have been Frederick, who married Polly 
Berry ; Clement, who married Frances Berry ; John, James, and 
Lawson. Of these the author knows nothing. 

Of the twenty-three children, those known to the author are 
given below as branches. His first wife was Nancy Lowe, by 
whom he had eleven children. His second wife was Elizabeth 
Dunaway, who was the mother of several children. 

Catharine, h. 


Rufus D. Nance, w. 
Alice Sauter 


' Ida. 

' Maude, h. 
Samuel C. Case.... 
Galva, Illinois. 

George F. 
Myrtle C. 
Frank R. 

Ella N.. h. 
William E. Mark.. 

. 11. Ross. 







Elizabeth, h. 
John McCain. 

Sophia, h. 
A. Cochran. 

Susan, h. 
C. Dodds. 

John Webb, w. 

Nancy Simmons 

2d w. Joycie Thurroan. 
Stonington, Colorado. 

Francis M.. w. 
Avon, Illinois. 

Leila C 

Abingdon, Illinois. 

Edna B. 
Russell F. 
Harold S. 
Dorothy E. 
Herbert E. 

Eugene E. 


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JOHN NANCE— Continued. 



John Webb, w. 

Nancy Simmons. 

Abfngdon, Illinois. 

Susan A., h. 

Levi Lincoln 

Avon, Illinois. 

Mary Jane, h. 
Josiah Smith, 
Shannon City, Iowa. 


Dora K., h. 
James K. Byrara. 


Edwin, w. 

Nancy A. Fulton, 
Avon, Illinois. 

Nela, w. 

Grace Johnson .. 
Avon, Illinois. 



Lora K.. h. 
Harry F. Town- 
send , 

f Earl. 

Joe E. 

Lera E. 

Lena M. 

„ Fern M. 

( Oral. 

Fairy E. 
Clarence I,. 
Ralph N. 


S. Elizabeth, h. 

Jas. F. Mines 

This family are all of 

Avon, Illinois. 

( Dale J. 
■J ChellaM. 
(_ Leon M. 

Willis G., w. 
Florence M. Rose. 

Chas. L-. w. 

Ella Butler , 


Claire H. 
Vera F. 
Estella M. 

Lou M., w. 
Julian Churchill. 

Nettie C, h. 
Frank D. Rea... 

J Verne A. 
I Christine M 

( Marguerite 

1 Ross A. 
( Herbert W. 

Doren E. 

Charles W., w. 
Eliza Wright. 

F. Russell, w. 
Lula M. Strickland 
Ft. Madison, la. 

J. Allan Mings. 

( Charles. 
' Elmer, 

Belle Plain, Kas. 

I J. Scott. 
{ Lillian M. 
| Mark F. 


Nancy C, h. 

Robt. Byrara 

Abingdon, Illinois. 

Martha, h. 

E. Stone 

2d h. Marks, K. R. 

f Pearl, h. 

John E. Swan J ■»„_._«. 

Council Bluffs, la. } B y r * m K " 

Lewis W. 

George R., w. 
Ella Dingman, 
Abingdon, 111. 

Frank G., w. 
Lura Dunlap, 
Galesburg, III. 

Lou R. By ram, 
Denver, Colo. 

( Zelma P. Stone, 
"f Abingdon, 111. 

John Alonzo, w. 

Eliza Smith (Earl. 

Junction City, Oregon. \ Martha P. 

Robt. H.. w. 
Jane Shirley. 
•Jd w. Ann Shirley... 
Abingdon, Illinois. 


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324 The Nance Memorial. 

JOHN NANCE— Continued. 


Mary Jane, h. 
J. P. Bohannon. 


Missouri, h. 
Dr. J. Burnett. 

Johanna, h. 

Robt. Rushing f M. F. Rushing, w. 

( Anna, Illinois. 
Wm. Franklin, w. 
Dallas, Texas. 

Joseph Henry, w» V 

Miles R.. w. 
Mayfield, Kentucky. 

l-ogan. '. 

{J. W. Nance. 
G. W. Nance. 
Wingo, Ken 


1/jwes, Kentucky. ( Wingo, Kentucky. 

John Webb Nance, branch above, was born in Rockingham, 
North Carolina, May 15, 18 14. His boyhood was passed in Ten- 
nessee. He was a carpenter by trade. He came to Warren 
county, Illinois, in 1845. After a few years he purchased a one 
hundred acre farm on which he resided till 1878. He then 
removed to Abingdon, where he now resides. He is a member of 
the Baptist church ; was originally a whig, but since 1856, he has 
been a democrat. He became a Mason in 185b. He was married 
May 24, 1836, to Nancy Simmons, of Calaway county, Kentucky. 
He is the ancestor of a large progeny, as shown by the table 
above. His second wife was Harriet E. Brooks, aud his third, 
Mrs. Mary (Lucas) Crawford. The accompanying plate was 
made some years since, but he is said to be hale and hearty at the 
present, though past the age of ninety. 

The Nancr Memorial. 325 


The families in this chapter are grouped together because 
James is so prominent in each family. There is no known con- 
necting link. 

James Nance, limb, came from Virginia to Green Castle, 
Indiana, where he lived many years, and was kilted there by a 
saw in a mill, in 1844. He married Jane Moorel. He reared a 
large family, named as branches below. Moscow, the youngest 
son, was born iu 1836 ; left home before he was twenty-one and 
settled in Iowa, and married Miss Lau Bonar. Then he enlisted 
in the 18th Iowa infantry. While in the service, his mother 
died at Franklin, Indiana, and he never returned to see any of 
his brothers or sisters, and they are entirely lost to Moscow and 
family. At the close of the war he settled at Osceola, Iowa, 
where he died March 4, 190c. The above information and much 
in the table below is given the author by Mrs. Mollie Nance- 
Wheeler, Osborne, Missouri. She was very anxious to learn of 
the brothers and sisters of her father, and their families. 

The balance of the information in the table came from Miss 
Katharine Layman, twig below, of Indianapolis, Indiana. 

In preparing the two tables for the Memorial, the similarity 
of names was such that the author surmised that they were one 
and the same family. Correspondence confirmed this belief and 
he is happy to present the families in one united table. 


f Mary. h.. 1872. 

T. Howard, w.. 1836-18U8 Walter Smith. 

Gertrude raterlin. .... , ^ , 87 , 

44. Swiss Avenue. Dal j lluwauL 

I Virginia llelle. 

f Mary, h., InW 
Clarence Forsyth. 
Iheo I). Laymau . . \ Katharinr> , vj7 

John Wesley, w., 18121861 

latilda Park*. 


Louisa Caroline. 1841, h. 

Indianapolis, Indiana 

W>4 Kant l.'.th Street. 

•W •*■*» 1Mb Street. ( , mli;inapollv ltiiiilk 

Benj. Parks, w.. 1845 ( John Wesley, 1873. 

Theodosia Braun - Moody. Is77. 

Lawrence, Indiana. ( Grace Louise, 1873. 

Frederick W., w., 18G0-1892 I Otis. 

Ada Sanders ■< Edward. 

{ Theo. L-. 1884. 
Brazil, Indiana. 


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Harriet, h. 
Amos Compton. 

JAMES NANCK— Continued. 


f Rachael. h. 
Robt Roberts. 

Sarah, h. 
Joseph Colby. 


Sarah Caroline, h. 

Plooden Burchard, 
Ashland Avenue and 9th 
street, Indianapolis, lud 

Fiank. " 

Henry, w. 

F.liraVlh Leigh 

Jane. h. 
Henry For 

Julia, h. 

James Tisdale 

2d h. Sami McGiffin. 

Moscow, w., 183&-1900 
I«au Bonar 

Katharine, h. 
S. S. Burnett, 
Vincenues, Indiana. 


Katharine, h. 




Serena McGiffin. 
Katharine McGiffin. 
William McGiffin. 

David T., w. 
Icetona Stevenson, 
Osceola, Iowa. 

William R., w. 
Olie Selby, 
Henry. South Dakota. 

Jatnes B., w. 
Belle Hayter, 
St. Joe, Missouri. 

Charles B., w. 
Alice Buchanan, 
Nelson, Nebraska. 

Mollie A., h. 
Orin Wheeler. 
Osborne, Missouri. 

Norman B. 
Herman F. 

Jennie B.. h. 
[ Dr. Claude Walker, 
Woodbine, Iowa. 

James Nance, limb, was born about 1790, in North Carolina, 

his father's name is believed to have been Sandford Nance. He 
settled in Tennessee at an early day, in Benton couuty. He was 
married four times, but the name of all his wives are lost. His 
children, as far as known, are named below as branches. The 
information as to this family was obtained from letters from Miss 
Florence Nance, Eggville, Tennessee, in 1898 and 1899. Recent 
letters fail to bring response. 

Thr Nancr Mrmoriai.. 327 








' James. 1848. w. 
* Elmore . 

Richard. 1829, w. 

Herrin « 

Florence, 1876. 
. Richard. 1886. 
William, w. 

K,more • } 6children. 

Neuton. w. 

• j 2 children. ' 

2d w. 

{Artie (Walker). 
Belle (Hudson). 
Virgie (JohiiKjn). 

It is claimed by Alfred R. Nance, twig below, that the emi- 
grating family came from Neps, France, to Virginia ; that a part 
of the family settled near Norfolk, and that his great-grandfather, 
Richard Nance, came to North Carolina. His grandfather, 
Frederick Woodson Nauce, came from Buncombe county, North 
Carolina, to Rutherford county, Tennessee, where he died some 
years before the civil war. He was the father of nine children, 
all being dead but James. He is living in Bedford county, as also 
is his son. His wife's name was Leathers. 


( Frederick. 

James J Alfred R. Nance, I860 < Edwin. 

( Shelbyville, Tennessee. ( Alfred R., Jr. 

Nothing is known of the following family, more than the table 
shows, except that their headquarters is Randolph, Nebraska: 


. ( Rot>ert. 

James Nance, of Virginia. < James < Earnest I*. 

' born in Virginia, now in ( Kuiki L,. 

First generation, Clement Nance, of Jamestown, Virginia, of 
which nothing is known. 

Second generation, name unknown. 

Third generation, or trunk, William Nance, of which nothing 
is known except that he had a son, James Nance, limb, who was 
born at Southampton, C. H., Southampton county, Virginia; 
moved to Pulaski, Giles county, Tennessee, in 1843. All that is 
known of this family was gained from a letter from James H. 
Nance, Bon Aqua, Tennessee, June 17, 1903. 


James H., Jr., w. ( Eula. 

James H., 1833, w. j Georgia Johnson < l.eoina. 

Martha May berry \ Sawdist Valley, Tenu. (Bertha. 

Bon Aqua, Tennessee. 

Harry S., single. 
Agent N. C. aud St. t,. 
R. R., Graham, Tenn. 


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These families are grouped into one chapter, simply for con- 
venience, there being no known connecting link. 

Giles Nance — Trunk. 

Of North Carolina, and his wife, Mary Smith, were the parents 
of the seven children named as limbs in the table below. This 
family were heirs at law, through their mother, Mary Smith, 
above, to a portion of the "Raleigh Estate," in North Carolina, 
and the table below is taken from the report of the commissioner 
appointed by the court to divide the estate. The estate was a 
large one and there were many heirs. No ages or addresses were 
given in the pamphlet. 


Marv A. Nance, h. 

G. W. Milburn 

2d h. D. A. Cannon. 

Sarah W. Nance, h. 
I*. W. Hardin. 

John S. Nance. 
B. K. Nance. 

Geo. H. Milburn. 

Sallie Milburn. h. 
W. H. Kldridge. 

Robt. Cannon. 

Wra. W. Thompson. 


Nancv J. Nance, h. 

"Wiley Thompson I Nancy J. Thompson, h. 


I Sum 1 Thompson. 

( Oscar. 
< Nannie. 
( Robert.. 

Robt. S. Nance. 

Wm. H. Nance. 

| Robert Nance 

Kllen S. Nance. 
Win. H. Nance. 
Florence I*. Nance. 

f Matilda S., h. 
D. S. Howell. 

Nannie B. 
Robt. W. Nance. 

i Jefferson. 

j R, Pt 7. 

Eaton Nance— Trunk. 

Lived and died in Charles City county, Virginia, dying about 
1790 to 1795. His wife a widow (Moon). He was the father of 
three children, Zachariah, James, junior, and Mary. These three 
are named in the table below as limbs. Zachariah was born in 
1785. He married a Miss Mountcastle. His eight children are 

The Nance Memorial. 329 

given below as branches. Zachariah Fleming Nance, branch 
below, was living in Leesburg, Alabama, October 20, 1896, when 
he wrote me a letter containing the above information, and also 
that contained in the table below. He had removed from Charles 
City county in 1863, settliug in Alabama. At the date of the 
letter he was past eighty. His nephew, L. M. Nance, an attorney 
at Roxbury, Charles City county, Virginia, also assisted me in 
preparing the table below. No one of this family have responded 
to my correspondence of late years. 


f Sallie F. 

I Ben F... 
Zachariah Fleming, 1816 . •< Leesburg, Alabama. 

L,eesburg, Alabama. | Robt. F. 

( Mary U. 

Zachariah. 1785, w. 
Mountcastle . 

James, Jr. 

F,aton, head of Richmond 

bar; died Ib&i. { John F. (sheriff). 

James. j Chas. S. (undertaker). 

Benj. Albert ! E. KdiAond (merchant). 

Fannie. ) 1,. M. (attorney). 

Julia. j Roxberry, Virginia. 

Mary. v Julia A. (Niger). 

George Nance — Trunk. 

This family is entirely unknown to the author, except as to 
Mrs. Mary Nance-Helm, and her son, Strather, whom the author 
and family entertained while attending the World's Fair. We 
also had the pleasure of two calls at their pleasant home in Louis- 
ville, Kentucky. Strather is a commercial traveler of much 
prominence. George, trunk, was a Virginian, a gifted man, a 
Baptist minister. It is said he was a great and good man. His 
son, Simeon, moved from Virginia to North Carolina, before 
marriage, and settled near Raleigh. Here Mrs. Helm was born. 
She has lived in Kentucky many years. 


' Simeon, w. 

Martha Metshiner J ««„_, M«_-i, 

j Mary Nance ( Wm g 

~ «• w I Helm 1. < .. 

George Nance < Mary. 406 Fountaiu (. the 

J: ve yn ; Court, Louisville, 

Nancy Jane. Kentucky. 

James, became rich in ' 

Alabama and Missis- 
William, went west. sippi. 

Robert Nance — Trunk. 

Lived in Mecklinburg county, Virginia. He had three 
nephews, Hudson, Marshall, and Thomas, who settled in Ran- 
dolph county, North Carolina, about 1795. 

He had two sons, John and Wyatt, limbs. John was born in 
1770, and settled in Granville county, North Carolina, in 1790. 
He had two sons, Allen and John, of whom nothing is known. 


Thk Nance Memorial. 

Wyatt, limb, was born in 1775, and settled in Anson county, 
North Carolina, in 1795. His male descendants are given in the 
table below. / 

This information was all obtained from a letter by James D. 
Nance, Goodman, North Carolina, dated November 24, 1896. 
No later response. 





f Dr. Geo. B ] James W. 

J° hnW J Walter. 


John A., 1798.. 

Harhert, 18l«. 

Robert, 1807. 

JesseP. | William R J John. 

James D. 


{ James T j DeCosta P. 

AlfredH J Jonas. < William D. 

( Thomas. 
Ferrington I*. 
Wyatt D. 
John W. 
b Jacob W , 


( John. 
J William. 
(, James. 


James C. 

1 Wal 

< Wil 
( Cra 


Alvin J ., 

Wyatt ( 9 




. John. 

Silas j Davidson. 

( Fuller. 

Allen, moved to Arkan- 
sas in lH4u. 

Thomas, moved to Ten- 
nessee iu 1848. 

Jesse, moved west. 

Green { 2sons.  




j Isof. 

Nothing is known of the family below further than the table 
shows, except that I. G. Nance was a member of the Kentucky 
legislature, as a republican, in 1896, and is now a farmer, and as 
he says in a letter received the day that this goes in type, "Since 
I last wrote you I have married and settled on a farm, and as you 
will presuppose, being a republican, I am giving my time and 
consideration to my 'infant industries.' M 


Peter (in the war of 1812). 
George, settled in Ohio. 
Richard, settled in Ohio. 


John, lost about the time 
of war with Mexico. 

Geo. W.. 1818 

Slaughtcrville, Ky. 


George W. 

Hon. I. G. Nance, 
Slaughterville, Ky. 


The Nance Memorial. 


Miss Nance, trunk, is only known by tradition as "The 
handsome Miss Nance, of Leaf River. ' ' She married John Chand- 
ler, of Virgiuia, and they had an only daughter, Mary Chandler. 
She married Reuben House. They and their descendants are 
named in the table below : 

u MBS. 



Elizabeth, h. 
Dr. Ogilvie... 

Mary Chandler, h. 
Reuben House 

I Mary, h., 1801 


j 4 children. 

Fannie (.Smith).... 

Hester (Hilliard).. 

Henrietta (Lewis). 
4 oihers. 

Ro!x"rt, w. 
Miss I;nnar 


-J 3 children. 


3 children. 

Caroline, h. 
Robert Miller. 

* 5 children. 

■J jchildrcu 

Reuben, w. 

r Mary (Hi 

(. Reuben E 

8 children. 
7 children. 

Hester, h., 1803-186* 
I, Dr. R, J. Lawrence. 

Eliza C. h. 
Fred. B. Leaven- 

Petersburg, Va. 

■J 3 children. 


i Ridore) 
Norfolk, Va 

1,. (Witht.-- 
- Richmond, 

Helen, at 

All that is known of the family below was obtained from a 
letter dated Paint Lick, Kentucky, November 7, 1S98, and signed 
by S. H. Nantz, below. All information is in the table below, 
except that Clement and Frederick died near Paint Lick, Ken- 
tucky ; Webster and Wesley went to Illinois ; Jefferson went to 
Indiana, and from there to California ; Wilkinson to Clay county, 
Missouri. Clement and Frederick each left families. 

• UMBS. 

William Nantz 

2d w. Fulce. 

Born in Virginia; 

moved to Indiana. 8 



| Clement. 
| Webster. 






ElizaWth (Jones). 


Geo. W. Nantz. 



S. H. Nantz 
. Paint Lick, 

William (Billy) Nance— Trunk. 

L,ived in Pittsylvania county, Virginia. He had two boys and 
two girls. They are named in the table below as limbs. John 
never married. Robert had only one child, Captain Robert G. 

332 The Nance Memorial. 

Nance, branch below. Said Captain Nance was born in Pittsly- 
vania county ; lived in Fayette county, Illinois ; enlisted in the 
40th Illinois regiment from there as private ; was promoted to 
second lieutenant, and then to first lieutenant. He was captain 
the last year and a half of the war. The R. G. Nance Post 
number 756, Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic, is named in his honor. He enlisted August 10, 1861, and 
was discharged January 7, 1865. 


John. 1782, never married. 

Robert j (Monroe. 

I Capt. Robt. G < Alzora (Brown). 

Polly, h. ( Fidetta (Brown), 
Sam'l Gauldin. Gatch, Illinois. 

Jinsey, h. 
Pleasant Stephens. 


f John, d. 

A. J.. 
Archibald J. Nance, w. Boliver, Texas. 
Miller J J.N. 

J. A.. 


Sarah Ann. 


Robert I*. 
Archibald J., 
Peoria, Illinois. 
2d w. Elizabeth Norman.. J Mary E. Bump, 


Anna, Illinois. 
Wm. Peyton, 
Anna, Illinois. 
k Florence, 

Memphis, Tennessee. 

The above is furnished by Archibald J. Nance, of Peoria, 
Illinois. He can give no positive information, having been sepa- 
rated from the family nearly all his life. He has an exalted 
opinion of his half-brothers, in Texas, but knows nothing defi- 
nitely. They do not respond to letters sent. 

The Nance Memorial. 333 



Quotations from a letter written by Elijah Nance, Podstow, Cornwall, 
England, in 1856, to W. E. Nance, Cardiff, Wales. 

Dear Cousin, (I presume): 

In reply to your inquiry respecting the origin of the Nance family, I 
doubt that I shall give you that perfect pedigree that you so anticipate, but 
brief as it may be it will give you a little knowledge from whence my family 

My brief account only includes seven hundred and ninety years. 

In the year 1066, William the Bastard, well known by the name William 
the Conqueror, being prompted by the Pope of Rome, William soon collected 
an army and landed them in safety at the place called Hastings, in the 
county of Sussex. King Harold, the then King of England, managed in 
haste to give him battle, and encamped alxnit seven miles from the Norman 
army wherein was one of my forefathers as general, and on the seventeenth 
day of October, 1066, a bloody battle begun at seven o'clock in the morning 
and lasted until night was closing in, and the Normans were much worsted, 
when a Norman Archer shot an arrow which went through Harold's skull 
and killed him at once. His army seeing their king and commander dead 
took to flight in all directions, and the Normans made great slaughter of the 
retreating army, so that from one battle the Normans became masters of all 
England in due time. 

After that battle detachments of the army were sent into all parts of 
England to take and confiscate what property they thought fit, and General 
Prideaux came to Padstow, in Cornwall, and my forefather established him- 
self of the Barton of Quandradu, so that the name of Nance and Prideaux 
have been residents at Padstow for about seven hundred and ninety years 
last past. 

Nearly forty years since I was at the Stewards house of the Esquire 
Prideaux, that gentleman asked me where my family came from, I told him 
from Nantes, in Normandy, and that my family were adventurers with the 
Prideaux family, he said he believed it, for he so frequently met with the 
name of Nance in the writings of the Prideaux. 

N. B. — Be it remembered with you that when the Normans came to 
England they had but one name (a Christian name), but they took to them- 
selves a surname, and my forefather, as he came from Nantes, in Norm- 
andy, wrote his name Nance, as I suppose, being a milder way of pronounc- 
ing the name correctly. As to all the Nance family they were generally 

334 The Nance Memorial. 

endowed with a geniousness and ability being brought to learning in arts 
and science that they were brought to trades such as tailor, carpenters, boot 
and shoe makers, hatters, rope makers, wool steplers, farmers, etc. * * 
Then there was an Esquire Nance mentioned in the History of Cornwall that 
was held in high esteem in the county. Again another Esquire Nance that 
lived not far from Bodmin at a seat called Trengoff, in the Parish of War- 
liggan, about seven miles from Bodmin, he sold his estate for nine hundred 

and ninety-nine years but retained Trengoff to his widow as a dower. 


Again, my uncle, Andrew Nance, being a hatter, settled himself down 
in Portsmouth. He kept a shop there and another at Portsea. He got 
wealthy and his off-spring is wealthy. Then my uncle, George Nance, a 
tailor, settled at Bath and lived in great oppulance there, and having become 
a merchant tailot was employed by the nobility that visited that city, but 
poor Elijah Nance never met with so good luck as my predecessors, but I 
think if you look on the other side and examining my pedigree you will dis- 
cover that I must l>e possessed with some of the blood of some of the high 
rank of the people of England, and not a family in all Wales can produce 
such a pedigree. My grandfather, in his day, became heir at law to the 
estate of Win. Parker, Esquire, ill St. Mabyn, Cornwall, and was under the 
necessity to get it to prove his title to it and sue for it in chancery, and as he 
did he was obliged to produce his pedigree. 

(Being unable to find one who could interpret the court of chancery 
records, the author has omitted the pedigree.) 

When, in London, six years since, a gentleman being informed that a per- 
son called Nance was in London, came from Gravesend, a distance of thirty 
miles to see me and enquire to my pedigree, and the pedigree of the Nance 
family, he proved to l>e a son of my cousin, Walter Nance, your great 
uncle. He was in business as boot and shoemaker at Gravesend. Such is 
all the knowledge of my family, and such is my pedigree I am in possession 
of to send unto you. 


{Home address) East Farndon Rectory, 
Market Harborough, 
W. E. Nance, Esquire, Cardiff, Wales. December 15, 1899. 

Dear Sir: — I remember seeing your son in Oxford, and his asking me 
about my family. I fear I can throw but little light on the family history, 
though I am much interested myself in it, and have paid visits to Warlig- 
gon, Illogan, and Creed to inspect registers. 

My name of " Trengove," is misleading. It is the belief of our family 
that we do belong to the Warliggon Nances, but we cannot trace the early 
connections. My father gave me the name in that belief, but I am the first 
one in our branch of the family that has had it. The name is held also by 
my nephew now at Balliol College, Oxford. 

Our family lived at Creed, near Granpound, in Cornwall, and there are 
several generations there in the registers. My great-grandfather, Rev. Wm. 
Nance (Exeter College, Oxford), was curate of Creed. He migrated into 
Kent, and my father migrated into Staffordshire. 

The Nance Memorial. 335 

My grandfather was Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and made 
many attempts to trace the genealogy. He had the registers at Warliggon 
copied and sent to him. 

The old county histories of Cornwall say that both the Illogan and 
Warliggon branches of the family have become extinct. 

I have visited Illogan also. The farm house at Nance in that Parish 
seems to have been an eccleasiastical house lie fore the reformation, and it 
has still some wooden panels painted with the twelve Apostles. I have 
searched the registers there and extracted all that belonged to the family. 
You will find most of the old records of the family in Vivian & Drake's visi- 
tation of the County of Cornwall, which you would prol>ably find in any 

first-class library. Believe me yours truly, 

J. T. Nance. 

(The old records spoken of al>ove, l>eing imperfect, are omitted for lack 

of space.) 

EXHIBIT "C. M Lodge, Monmouth, June 12, 1903. 
Dear Sir : — As I understand you invite communication from every 
"fellow-kinsman" (to use your graphic phrase), allow me to make myself 
known as a descendant of your male stock, viz., the great-great-great-grand- 
son of Richard Kustis, of Saint Ives, Cornwall, by his wife Margery Nance, 
of the same town, who were married 1729. * * I am the author of 
the History of Saint Ives to which you make reference. I enclose particu- 
lars of my Nance descent. Yours faithfully, 

John Hobson Matthews, 
Solicitor Archivist to the Corporation of Cardiff. 
Geo. W. Nance, Esquire. 

Margery Nance, 1729-Richard Kustis. 

Mary Eustis-Jasper Williams. 

Jasper Williams-Mary Stevens. 

Honor Williams-John Matthews. 

John Thomas Matthews-Emma Hobson. 

John Hobson Matthews, b. 185s- Alice Mary Gwyn-Hughes. 

John Vivian Gwyn-Hobson Matthews, 1897. 

From a document at the London record office I gather that this particu- 
lar Nance family were known in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by 
the additional surname "Molkin," meaning bald according to Borlace, a 
personal name equivolent to the Welsh " Maelgwn." They were, I believe, 
originally of Nance in Lelant, but acquired some estate in East Cornwall, 
whether by marriage or purchase, I do not know. They bore arms : Argent, 
a crop humettee sable. Youis faithfully, 

John Hobson Matthews. 


Prom History of Saint Ives. Etc.. by Matthews. 
Nance. — This is one of the original Saint Ives families. The name, 
which is a misspelling of the Cornish word Nans, a valley, indicates that the 

$$6 The Nance Memorial. 

ancestor who first assumed this cognoman* was a dweller in some inland 
dale of the neighborhood. 

Jh the year 1327, there was a general subsidy levied upon all England, 
and the lists of the persons taxed for it are the earliest rolls in existence. 
" Luca de Nanse*' thus appears, 

In 1533 Thomas Nanse had goods, etc., also in 15 J4. 

In 1573 John Nanste was a burgess of Saint Ives. In 1578 he contributed 
to the equipment of the trained band fitted out against the Spaniards. In 
1590, Captain John Nance. In 1595, John Nanse Captaine, etc. 1543, Symon 
Nanc. 1592, Mr. Trenance. 

John Nance, Jo Nance, Wm. Nance, Rio Nance, GefTrie Nance, Wffl. 
Nance. Win. Nance, church warden, and others appear all along up to 
about 1700. Marriages, 1667, John Nance and Elizabeth Stevens. 1701, 
Alien Nance and Welmot Thomas. 171 1, Thomas Kempthorn and Elizabeth 
Nance. 1729. Richard Eustis and Margery Nance. 

From John Wesley's diary the following items are taken : 

"Visited Saint Ives a second time April 3, 1744. I was a little surprised 
at entering John Nance's house, being received by many, who were waiting 
for me, with a loud, though not a bitter cry." 

Again, "Went with John Nance to Rosemargay, in Zennor, etc." 

Again, "But between seven and eight the mob came and beset John 
Nance's house. John Nance and John Paynter went out, and stood before 
the door ; though they were quickly covered with dirt. The cry was, bring 
out the preacher. Pull down the house." 

And again, "On Sunday, 30, about six in the evening, I began preach- 
ing in the street near John Nance's door." 

Concerning his twenty-fifth visit, on August 26, 1785, Wesley writes: 
"In the evening I preached in the market place at Saint Ives, to almost the 
whole town. This was the first place in Cornwall where we preached and 
where Satan fought fiercely for his kingdom ; but now all is peace. I found 
that old John Nance had rested from his labors. Some months since, sitting 
behind the preacher, in the pulpit, he sunk down, was carried out, and fell 

Many other quotations might be made from this work, but these are 
given not because of any real value, but to give some idea as to the age, 
number, and prominence of the family. 


Belfast Street Tramways Tramways Office, Sandy Row, 

Company. Belfast, August 14, 1897. 

Andrew Nance, Manager. 

Geo. W. Nance, Esquire. 

My Dear Sir: — I was away on my vacation when your letter arrived, 
and so it has not been answered as soon as I could have wished. Your letter 
very much surprised me for two or more reasons. The number of persons 
of our name who are known to you in America, is astonishing, and the simi- 
larity of traditions with regard to them. 

For my own part I do not take any interest in ancestry, nor should I 
take any trouble about it. My uncle, William, however, who was a lawyer, 

The Nancr Memorial. 337 

took a world of trouble and spent a good deal of money in inquiries. I have 
at Rome time when a young man, either read or was told what he discovered, 
hut I don't know whether it exists now, nor if it was ever written, or where 
it would l>e if it did exist. 

First, he found out the u Coat of Arms " of the family. I Rend it on the 
paper enclosed. The motto is the same as that of Queen Elizabeth, and I'm 
told that it indicates that the royal blood of France is in our veins, whether 
legitimately or not I cannot say. My uncle, William, appears to have satis- 
fied himself that two Huguenot brothers named Andrew and Clement, were 
obliged, witL their families, to flee from France at the time of the Huguenot 
persecution. They appear to have l>een an aristocratic and noble family, 
and the name Nance was a territorial name, and probably we could all 
rightly call ourselves De Nance, if we so desired. They appear to have 
landed in the west of England al>out that period, and the elder brother, 
Andrew, settled there, and Clement disappeared. You have explained what 
became of him in your letter. My uncle, William, would have been 
delighted to hear what you have written alxmt him. As I told Mr. J. Nance, 
a friend of mine who spent a summer in the Scilly Islands, found that on 
one island, all, or nearly all, the people were named Nance. I am too old 
to go and see into the matter, and in truth it is not of any interest to me. 

It appears that Andrew Nance lived in or alxmt Cornwall, and there are 
plenty of Nances thereabouts descended from him. Every eldest son was 
named Andrew. I am the tenth Andrew, the eldest born of each generation. 
My oidy child died in infancy and my brother, Walter, named his eldest 
lx>y Andrew. So he will l>e the eleventh, and will proliably have what few 
dollars I possess when my wife is done with them. The seventh Andrew 
crossed to Normandy from Cornwall and lived there. In Normandy the 
eighth Andrew was born. This eighth Andrew went to Kent when he was 
about twenty-one, and I believe the seventh Andrew and his wife, Martha, 
died there. The eighth Andrew soon left Kent when his parents died, and 
came to Portsmouth and sat up as a hatter. He was a most enterprising 
man. He bought the "Fountain*' and " Bine Ports " hotels. He married 
a lady near Portsmouth ; had a large family and died there. The ninth 
Andrew (my father), also lived all his life at Portsmouth, and his wife (my 
mother), is named Martha, the same as his grandmother. That is wholly 
all I know and I don't think anyone knows any more. No doubt a search 
in France would reveal the history and origin of the family from the first. 

Truly, Andrew Nance. 



Bristol Parish had fifteen or twenty churches, the principal one was 
"Blandford " or " St. Paul's," now repaired, and in Petersburg, Virginia. 
The Parish extended from Prince George county west and northwest sixty 
miles or so, and was governed by a board of church wardens who collected 
the tobacco tax and maintained rectors, churches, bridges, roads, and help- 
less poor. 

Across the James river and twelve miles down stream from Petersburg, 
has been located the home of many of the name found in the Bristol Parish 

338 The Nance Memorial. 

records given below, viz.: Of Daniel and Elizabeth in 1722; of Daniel and 
Mary in 1725; of Richard and Mary in 1722 ; of Daniel, senior, in 1732; of 
John and Jane in 1722 ; of William and Anna in 1742 ; of Thomas and Pris- 
cilla Nance in 1745. Daniel Nance, presumably the senior, was "proces- 
sioner," to examine and remark the timber or boundry Hues on "South Fork 
of Gravelly Run." 

The names below were taken from the church register as shown by Mr. 
Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne in his book, entitled, M The Vestry Book and 
Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia, 1720-1789." This book was transcribed 
from the records and published by Mr. Chamberlayne, at Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. (Printed privately 1S9S). He says that two leaves of the manuscript 
are missing, which include the minutes of the vestry meetings between 
October 28 and November II, 1723. 


Daniel end Eliza (Elizabeth) f Phebe. b. October, 1712. 

Nance J Eliza, b. July 6. 171U. 

I Elinor, b September 9, 1722. 
I L,ucy, b. December 24, 1729. 

Daniel and Mary Nance •• j Eliza, b. June 19, 1728. 

f Elinor, b. May 2.'). 1721. 
John and Jane Nance Thos., b. September 22, 1723. 

1 Richard, b. January 24, 1726. 


• Nathaniel, b. I)ecember9, 1731. 
;. Anne, b. January 15, 1741-2. 

'illiam, b. July 12, 1728. 

John, b. Decern her 1"», 1723. 
Eli/a, b. November 7, 1725. 
Richard aud Mary Nance •' Eeonard, b. December 15, 1730. 

Jon* and Martha Nance J GUes b Mfty 4 |m 

William and Anu Nance j Thomas, b. February 29. 1736. 

* Sarah, b. January 30, 1742-3. 

Thomas and Priscilla Nance.. J ^ TRh b 0ctober , 9 im 


Land patents issued to "Nance " between March 18, 1639, an ^ July 12, 
1797, as per Richmond, Virginia, records : 

Richard Nance, 300 acres Henrico count)', to be doubled when he or his 
assigns shall have sufficiently peopled and planted on north side of Appa- 
mattuck river, being due to said Nance for transportation of six persons into 
this colony, viz.: His now wife, Alice, Robert Perry, Robert Chappell, 
George Prebedy, Edw'd Rolvlington, and Mary Uncars, March 18, 1639. 
Book No. 1, page 715. 

\Vm. Nance, of James City county, 520 acres in said county, south side 
Chickahominy river, adjoining Jno. Randall, Gregory Wells, Mr. Bobby, 
said Nances Neck, 150 acres being due to said Nance by marrying daughter 
and one of coheirs of Grace or Tinsley, who was sister, and one of coheirs of 
Richard Pierce. It being part of 600 acres granted sa*!d Pierce September 
12, 1636, and 370 acres upon the said Nances Survey, and the whole patent 
being found surplusage within the bounds is also due to said Nance for the 
transportation of eight persons, viz.: Anne Kerer, Wm. Kent, Win. Kath 

The Nance Memorial. 339 

Davis, EHz, Grocer Becrebe Fanner, and Nich. Prior April 29, 1692. No. 8, 
page 231. 

John Nance, of Prince George county, 150 acres on north side Hatcher's 
Run, adjoining Samuel Sentalls. June 2, 1722. No. 11, page 114. 

Richard Nance, of Prince George county, 142 acres on south side 
Gravelly Run on both sides of the Great Branch, in Prince George county. 
June 22, 1722. No. It, page 119. 

John Nance, of Prince George county, 142 acres south side Nottoway 
river, Brunswick county, beginning at the Indian company's upper corner 
upon the river, &c. July 7, 1726. No. 12, page 518. 

John Nance, of Prince George county, 252 acres on north side of 
Hatcher's Run, adjoining his old land south side of Picture Branch. June 
26, 1731/ No. 14, page 161. 

Daniel Nance, junior, of Prince George county, 200 acres both sides of 
Picture Branch adjoining upper line of John Nance on the north side of 
Picture Branch. June 20, 1733. No. 15, page 88. 

Daniel Nance and Edmund Hall, 3S5 acres Brunswick county, both sides 
of Jeneto creek. August 15, 1737. No. 17, page 3S3. 

Richard Nance, 400 acres Amelia county, north side Horsepen creek in 
the Fork of Nottoway river adjoining Miles Thweats, Samuel Jordan, and 
A Is. September 12, 1738. No. 18, page 104. 

Richard Nance, 184 acres Prince George county, south side Gravilly 
Run adjoining his own land, Francis Eppes, Thos. Gent, junior, and Cap- 
tain Francis Eppes. June 30, 1743. No. 21, page 420. 

John Nance, 400 acres Brunswick county, both sides of Meherin river. 
August 28, 1746. No. 24,. page 398. 

Win. Nance, 318 acres Brunswick county on south side Jeneto creek. 
January 12, 1746. No. 25, page 239. 

Daniel Nance, 244 acres Brunswick county on Avents creek. January 
12, 1746. No. 25, page 569. 

John Nance, 385 acres Lunenburg county, both sides north fork of Dry 
creek. July 25, 1749. No. 27, page 247. 

Richard Nance, 210 acres Lunenburg county, both sides Meherin river. 
June 1, 1750. No. 29, page 225. 

Thomas Nance, 290 acres Lunenburg county, south side Harricane 
creek. July ^27, 1727. No. 31, page 341. 

Johu Nance, 400 acres Lunenburg county, both sides Meherin river, 
adjoining Richard Nance. September 10. 1755. No. 31, page 552. 

John Nance, junior, 400 acres Lunenburg county, south side Owls creek. 
September 10, 1755. No. 31, page 552. 

Daniel Nance, 27S acres Brunswick county, on branches of Avents 
creek. February 5, 1753. No. 32, page 24. 

John Nancys, 846 acres, Brunswick county. June 16, 1756. No. 33, 
page 19. 

\Vm. Nance, 390 acres Lunenburg county, on branches of Great creek. 
August 16, 1756. No. 33, page 63. 

Win. Nance, 400 acres Lunenburg county, on branches of Roanoke 
river. August 16, 1756. No. 33 page 223. 

Richard Nance, 365 acres Lunenburg county, south side Springfield 
creek. March 10, 1756. No. 34, page 14. 

340 The Nance Memorial. 

Thos. Nance, 707 acres, Lunenburg county, on branches of Juniper .., 
creek. February 5, 1757. No. 34, page 175. 

Daniel Nance, 332 acres Brunswick county. August 20, 1760. No. 54, 
page 694. 

Wm. Nance, 400 acres Lunenburg county, northeast fork of Great creek. 
May 23, 1763. No. 35, page 171. 

Thomas Nance, 400 acres Lunenburg county, on branches of Juniper 
creek. August 15, 1764. No. 36, page 645. 

Reuben. Nance, 182 acres by survey November 20, 1765, on draughts of 
Lestherwood creek, Henry county. July 4, 1780. Book of Grants "A," 
page 560. 

Giles Nance, 1,574 acres by survey March 24, 1756, Halifax county, on 
branches of Cascade and Sugar Tree creek. December 1, 1779. Book "B," 
page 158. 

Clement Nance, 240 acres by survey April 8, 1794, Pittsylvania county, 
on drafts of Cascade creek adjoining James Denton's, McCann's, Walton's, 
Clay's, Isaac Lumford's, Richard Farrer's. October 20, 1790. No. 36, page 216. 

John Nance, 33 acres by survey June 26, 1795, Mecklinburg county 
adjoining John Cleaton, junior, Cleaton & Nance's line. July 12, 1797. 

No. 391, page 423- 


In the name of God, Amen : 

I, John Nance, of Lunenburg county, and Parish of Cornwall, l>eing of 
perfect health, sound mind and memory, but calling to mind and duly con- 
sidering the uncertainty of human life, do make and ordain this as my last 
will and testament. 

First. I do commit myself to God, my creator and preserver, trusting 
to his mercy, by the merits of his blessed redeemer for the remission of all 
my sins, my body to be decently interred at the discretion of my executor 
herein after named,' 

And as to the temporals it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give and 
dispose and bequeath thereof, in the following manner : 

I give and bequeath to my son, John, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my son, Thomas, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my son, Richard, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my son, William, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my son, Frederick, the land and plantation 
whereon I now live, being three hundred acres (except the use of all that 
part of the plantation that lies on the north side of the river where I now 
live, which is to be and remain in the possession of my two daughters, Eliza- 
beth and Molly, during the whole time of their remaining unmarried, and 
no longer, and then the same with all the privileges and appertenances of 
the whole three hundred acres to become the property of my son, Frederick, 
Ms heirs and assigns forever. 

I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my daughter, Jane, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my (laughter, Phebe, one shilling Sterling. 

I give and bequeath to my daughter, Susannah, one shilling Sterling. 

Thr Nancr Memorial. 341 

I lend unto my two daughters, Elizabeth and Molly., the cleared land 
and plantation houses, orchards, etc., on the north side of the river, together 
with iny Negro man, Jack, during the whole time they shall remain unmar- 
ried, and then the same to descend to my son, Frederick, his heirs and 
assigns forever. 

I give and bequeath all the real of my estate be it of what nature soever 
it will (after my just debts and legacies be paid to be equally divided 
between my two daughters, Elizabeth and Molly, to them, their heirs and 
assigns forever When either of my two daughters shall marry, she is no 
longer to enjoy any privileges in the land and Negro, but then totally to be 
in the possession of the one that remains single, and when they are both 
married or die which shall happen first, the same is to descend to Frederick, 
and not l>efore. 

Lastly. I do constitute my son, Thomas, whole and sole executor of 
this my last will and testament, making null and void all other wills here- 
tofore made, and do hereby ordain and declare this to be my last will and 

Witness my hand and seal this 2>Sth day of February, 1761. 
In the presence of John Nance. 

Geo. Wai.ton, 
Ezrkiah Jackson, 
Benj. Ship. 

Certified in court, July 6, 1762. 

EXHIBIT 44 H" (B.) 

In the name of God, Amen, the twenty-third day of December, in the 
year of our Lord 1771, I, Zachariah Nance, of Charles City county, being 
very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be 
given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and 
knowing that it is appointed for all men, once to die, do make and ordain 
this my last will and testament ; that is to say principally and first of all, I 
give and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and for my 
body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian-like and decent 
manner at the discretion of my executor, nothing doubting but at the general 
resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, 
and retouching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless 
me in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following 
manner : 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son, James, one tenant saw. 

Item. I give to my son, John Nance, the remainder part of my land 
whereon I now live, after his mother's death. Also my long gun, also one 
cow and yearling commonly called his, also one sow and three young hogs 
commonly called his, also two young ewes, the stock ami gun, at my death, 
to him and his heirs. 

Item. I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth Nance, after her mother's 
death, two Negro women. Venus and Fillis, also two cows and one calf, 
always called hers, at my death, to her and her heirs. 

342 The Nance Memorial. 

Item. I give unto my son, William, one Negro boy called Ned, when 
he comes to age, also one small gun, to him and his heirs, also my wearing 

Item. I give unto my daughter, Susannah Nance, after her mother's 
death, one Negro girl, named Morning, also one gray mare, when she comes 
to age, to her and her heirs. 

Item. I give unto my son, Zachariah Nance, after his mother's death, 
one Negro boy, named Tom, to him and his heirs. 

Also my will and desire is that all my remainder of my estate I give 
unto my beloved wife during her life, and after her death, to be equally 
divided betwixt my four youngest children, that is to Elizabeth, William, 
Susannah, and Zachariah. Also my desire is that my son, James, and 
Henry South, are my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testa- 

Witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of December, 1771. 
In the presence of Zachariah Nanck, [seal.] 

Chas. Pkarson, 
Henry Annistrad, 
Wm. Vaughan. 

N. B. — Also my will and desire is that my son, John Nance, shall have 
my wheelwright tools. 

Probated March 4, 1772. Henry South becoming sole executor. 
James Nance, the other executor named in the will, appeared in court and 
renounced the executorship thereof. 


In the name of God, Amen : 

I, William Nance, of the Parish of Antrim, county of Halifax, and state 
of Virginia, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks be 
to Almighty God, for the same, do make this my last will and testament, 
that is to say, first of all, I recommend my soul to God that gave it, and my 
body to be buried decently and in a Christian-like manner. Secondly, my 
will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid by 
my executor hereinafter to lie mentioned. 

Item. I lend unto my son, Thomas Vaughan Nance, during his natural 
life, for his and his family's maintainance, one Negro man named Joe, one 
horse called and known by the name of Prince, also all the stock and furni- 
ture now in his possession. My will and desire further is that all my land 
whereon I now live, be sold by the trustees hereafter to t>e mentioned, and 
the money arising from the sale of said land, to l>e laid out in land by the 
said trustees, where they shall think proper, for the use and benefit of my 
son, Thomas, his wife and six youngest children, during his and her natural 
life, and after his and her death, I give and bequeath the land so purchased 
by the trustees, to my two grandsons, William Nance, son of Thomas, and 
James Nance, son of Zachariah, to them and their heirs forever. My will 
and desire further is that the residue of my estate lent to my son, Thomas, 
after his and his wife's death, be equally divided among his six youngest 
children, to them and their heirs forever. I also constitute and appoint my 

The Nancr Memorial. 343 

son, Zachariah Nance and Daniel Palmer, trustees, to the estate lent my son, 
Thomas, to sell my land as before mentioned, and apply the money arising 
from such sale as before directed, and see that the estate so lent is not 
wasted or taken away from the use and benefit of his children or self by any 
judgment whatever or any other ways, but that it be kept by the said 
trustees to maintain the said family as is directed. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son, Zachariah Nance, one Negro 
man named Julius, and one Negro woman named Julia, the latter now in his 
possession, and her increase from the year 1791, to him and his heirs forever. 

Item. I lend unto my daughter, Elizabeth Palmer, one Negro woman 
named Sew, now in her possession, with her increase from the eighth of 
May, 17S7, during the natural life, and after her death to be equally divided 
among her children, except the two eldest, to them and their heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Tucker, one Negro 
man named Charles, and one Negro woman named Betty, now in her pos- 
session, and all her increase, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, I.evinia Francis Bates, 
one Negro woman named Charlotte, and her increase from the year 1794; 
also one feather bed and furniture with all the stock of household and 
kitchen furniture now in her possession, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my grandson, William Nance, son of 
Thomas Vaughan Nance, one feather bed and furniture, and one mare colt 
that was got by the horse Garrick, to him and his heirs forever. 

Item. I give and l>equeath to my granddaughter, Mary Vaughan 
Winters-Tucker, one Negro woman named Rachel (alias Frosty), and her 
child, Matt, with her future increase ; one feather bed and furniture, two 
cows and calves, and one sow and pigs, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Mary Nance, one 
Negro girl named Rhoda, and her increase ; also one feather bed and furni- 
ture now in her possession, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my grandson, William Palmer, one 
Negro boy named Abram, now in his possession, to him and his heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Kitty Palmer, one 
Negro girl named Nellie, with her increase ; also one feather bed and furni- 
ture, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to James W. Bates, son of James Bates, one 
Negro boy named Klisha, son of Charlotte, to him and his heirs forever. 

Further, my will and desire is that all the remainder of my estate that 
is not already given, such as horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs, crop of every 
kind, and all kinds of household and kitchen furniture with ever}- article of 
my estate not already given, be sold by my executor hereafter to be men- 
tioned, at twelve months' credit, and the money arising from such sale, after 
paying all my just debts, I give and l>equeath one-half to my grandson, 
William Nance, son of Thomas, to him and his heirs forever, and I give the 
other half to be equally divided l>etween my granddaughter, Martha 
Vaughan's (now deceased) two infant children, to them and their heirs 

My will and desire is that the hands be kept together till the crop is 
finished. Further, my will and desire is that two of my Negroes, (to-wit), 

344 The Nance Memorial. 

Lewis and Bess, be free to act and do for themselves. I also desire that only 
that part of my estate be appraised that is to be sold. Lastly, I do hereby 
nominate, constitute, and appoint my friend, Peter Barksdale, executor of 
this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal 
this 28th day of October, 1801. Wiuiam Nance, [i,. s.] 

Signed, sealed, and acknowledged in the presence of 

Wiluam Snydkr, 
Anthony Snyder, 

Entered for probate December 28, 1801. Josiah Clay. 

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In the name of God, Amen : 

I, Mosias Jones, of Pittsylvania county, state of Virginia, being weak in 
body but of perfect mind and memory, being sensible that I am near my 
latter end, do make and ordain this to t>e my last will and testament. I 
resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my body 
to the earth, to be interred at the discretion of my friends, with the sure and 
certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life at the last day, and dispose of 
my worldly goods in the manner and form following : 

First, I do constitute and ordain Clement Nance to be my executor, 
who is to get a lawful right and title to my land, whereon I now live, and to 
sell and dispose thereof, to the best advantage, out of which he must l>e paid 
for his trouble and expense. Also I give and bequeath unto my three 
daughters, Susanna Jones, Martha Jones, Dianitia Jones, and my grand- 
daughter, Henrietta Jones, all the balance of the price of the above men- 
tioned land, to Ik* equally divided between them four. 

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth James, one shil- 
ling Sterling. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Nance, one 
shilling Sterling. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter, Nancy Lee, 
ou*e shilling Sterling. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter, Wilmith 
Massey, one shilling Sterling. Also I give and bequeath to my son, Buckner 
Jones, one shilling Sterling. Also I give and bequeath to Lydda Clarke, all 
my household goods and kitchen furniture, to be by her possessed at my 

In witness whereof I do hereby set my hand and affix my seal to this my 
last will and testament, this eighteenth day of August, one thousand seven 
hundred and ninety-six. Mosias M. Jones, [r,. s.] 

Signed, sealed, and acknowledged in the presence of 

Henry Lansford, John May, 

Isam Lansford, Samuei. Strong. 
Probated October 17, 1796. 



Mr. Robert Morton Nance, son of \V. E. Nance, of Cardiff, Wales, who 
has assisted the author so much, is a young man who is gaining some 
notoriety as an artist. He is too modest to speak much of himself and will 
not consent that his father shall do so. 

After several attempts the author has gained his consent to use the fol- 
lowing over his own signature. He has reason to believe that much stronger 
language might be used, showing his work is l>eing received by those from 
this country as well as in Europe, where it has been shown exclusively until 
now. Members of the family visiting the Fair, will no dombt seek out this 
work of our old country cousin. 

Thr Nanck Memorial. 347 

33 Wrsthournr Road, 

Prnartii, S. WALKS, May 5, 1904. 
Gro. W. Nancr, Ksquirr. 

DtarSir: — My father has asked tne to write out a few facts concerning 
my work, which you apparently think would come into the scope of your 
family history. 

I hope I am only yet at the outset of my professional career, and there 
seems very little to say. I have had the usual experience among artists of 
feeling my way to the type of work that is most congenial, and after a few 
years of varied work, book illustrations, figure painting and various kinds 
of decorative worV:, I seem to have found in painting subjects taken from 
the old romantic days of seafaring. I had an outlet for the slowly accumu- 
lating knowledge: of old shipping that I had, and also for a love of decorat- 
ing lines and colors. I have since then devoted myself almost entirely to 
that class of work, exhibiting it mostly in London, though I was represented 
at the Tunic exhibition by a screen, "The Three Ships of Columbus" 
(which you may be interested to know was sold to an American), and I am 
also showing a screen at St. Louis, in the English Applied Art Section, the 
subject being, " Blake and Van Troup." Yours very truly, 

' R. Morton Nancr. 

In the Pantheon, at Paris, there is a beautiful memorial tablet with this 
inscription, "Charles Victor De Nance." 

In the Field Museum, in the Fine Arts Building of the World's Fair, 
Chicago, is an exhibit located in the gallery of the west court directly above 
"alcove 105." It consists of a jar of what appears to Ik* bark, and a card 
bearing the inscription, " Corteza de Nance, Raja Veradaz, Gautemala." 
The number is 1580. 

Dr. Willis O. Nance, Chicago, came across both the tablet and the 

"Nansemond," one of the original eight counties into which the 
Dominion was divided for local administration in 1634, was the Indian word 
for "persimmon," and had no relation whatever to our family name. 

I have the name, only the name, of Captain Thomas Nance, of Elizabeth 
City county, in 1688. 

In 1634 the Dominion of Virginia was divided into eight shires or 
counties : Elizabeth City, Warwick, York, James City, Charles City, Prince 
George, Isle of Wight, and Nansemond. Surry was erected from Isle of 
Wight in 1652. Brunswick from Surry in 1720. Lunenburg from Bruns- 
wick in 1742. Halifax and Bedford from Lunenburg in 1752 and I7„3, 
respectively. Pittsylvania from Halifax in 1767. 

348 The Nancr Memorial. 



b stands for born. h stands for husband, 

d " M dead or died. w " " wife, 

m " " married. 

One year following name, is year of birth. 

Two years with hyphen between, year of birth and death. 


tf stands for trunlc. t stands for twig. 

1 " V limb. f " " family, 

b 44 M branch. ta 44 * 4 table. 

The Nance Memorial. 



Containing all trunks, limbs, branches, and twigs, and referring to the 
names as found in the tables. Wishing to find a bud, blossom, or fruit, look 
for the parent or grandparent. 


Allen. Arthusa A., t 223 

Mary Klla, t 80 

Andrews, Anna, t 233 

A.shtnore. Bernice, t 221 

Aylsworth, Nancy M., t.,161 


Bailey. Phoe1>e, t 234 

Bare. Anna M.. I 94 

Barrows, Caroline I,., t. . . 1 *>*.» 

Bascom, Mary E.. t 189 

Benson, Elizabeth, 1 2<i2 

Berrian, Genevra. t I'-".* 

Billingsly, Anna E-, t l.">7 

BlcHxl, Helen A., t 161 

Boone, Venevia. t 231 

Bradhnry, l.ucinda C , t.. 26 

Bradshaw, Belle, 1 153 

Brnnham, Mary, l» 81 

Win. S.. t 81 

Brock, Elizabeth, t 60 

Brockway, Martha, t 31 

Butliugton, A. C, t 221 

Mary Long, I) 220 

R. H., t 221 

S. M.. t 221 

Bullock, Marv A., t 29 

Burlington, Dr. J. C, t. ..220 

Burrows, Emma, t 133 

Busby, Kpervia. t 70 

Butler, James, t 132 

l.etitia B., t 224 

Maria, b 131 

William, t 132 

Burton. Adinira N.,b....232 

Albert J., t 36 

Byron, t 48 

Charles, b 33 

Charles, t 48, 233 

Clarence, t 36 

Clement. b 25 

Coleman, t 34 

David T., t 49 

Dorothy. 1.. 23 

Kdmond.t 48 

George H., t 27 

Giles, t 233 

Henry, t 233 

Ira, t 48 

Isham, t 233 

James, t 232 

James P., t 49 

James M., t 28. 34 

James R., b 49 

Joseph, t 49, 36 

Joseph Clement, t 27 

Burton, Josephus, b 46 

Josephus B., t 46 

Lucy N., t 27 

Marion, t 46 

Thomas, b 48 

Thomas, t 33 

Sylvester, t 46 

Wiley C, b 36 

William, t 34 

William K., t 26 

Carlock, Lizzie Long, t...218 

Carlson. Mary, t 133 

Carman. Dorothy, t 31 

Castle, Sarah B., t 110 

Caul. Elizabeth, t S3 

Causev, Media, t 2-3 

Chamberlain Family 236 

Champlin. Marv E.'t... 27 

Chase, Versalia" t 80 

Coats, Martha M., t 179 

Colleen. Mellir, t 40 

Cook, David, t 41 

James II., t 41 

John, t 41 

Josephus, t 41 

Lucre tia, b 40 

Minerva B., t 132 

William, t 40 

Crandall. Nancy E. t....!57 

Crane. Mary K*. t 114 

Crawford. Candace. t ltil 

Cray ton, Elizabeth, t 29 

Crosthwait, Mary M., t 177 

Crowel, Lucinda C, t 27 

Cunningham, Kpervia, t. 33 

Dale, Alcesta A..t 80 

Emma J., t 80 

Helen, t 225 

Darlington. Phoebe, t 234 

Dewees, America, b 156 

David, t 157 

Ira A., t 157 

John O., • 157 

I«ee. t 137 

Thomas, t 157 

William, t 157 

Ebilsizer, Columbus, t. ..235 

Elizabeth, b 235 

Edler, Nancy A., t 183 

Edson, Elizabeth, t 82 

Elliott, Mary S., b 123 

Fairbunks. Elizabeth, t.. 4* 

Falls. Klla, t 234 

Fessenden, Edward, t 133 

Minerva, b 153 

Foster, Eliza J., t 29 

Matilda, t 131 

Fowler. Anna, t 61 

Fox. Marv A., t 183 

Fugit, Mary Ella, t 80 

George. Mary, t 157 

! Good wine, Emma J., t... 80 

; Graham, Agnes M.. t Ill 

I Gresham, Benj. W..1 185 

George C. t 185 

James E., t 184 

Susan, b 184. 199 

Griggs, Ella, t 233 

GulTcy. Mary, Family 48 

: Gunn, Emma, t "... «l 

I Gunn Family 239 


Hancock. Nancy M., b... 68 

Hanger. A vesta, t 197 

Hammers, Laura, t 223 

Harl>er, Dorothy, t 43 

B. F..t 192 

E. D.. t 192 

J. W., t 192 

Miua. t 192 

Martha Nance, b 190 

Harbison. Marv E., t 184 

Nancy M.. t 69 

Harper". Augustus, t 223 

Henrietta, t 225 

Nancy Walden, b 225 

Oscar", t 223 

Hickman. Tacy. t 234 

Holden. Locky A., t 160 

Hopkins, Abalora D., t... 80 

Howird, Dorothv. b 127 

Marv A., t....." 161 

Nancy E.. t 131 

William, t 127 

Hulse, Laura, t 225 

Hunt. Marv N., t 201 

Hunter, Ella, t 56 

Hurless, Minerva J., I 73 

Huselton, Josephine. t...l76 

Hyatt, Arthusa, L 133 

Josephine, t 136 

Hydler, Mary, t 132 


The Nance Memorial. 


Inman, Cha*. W., t 231 

Navaston. t 231 

Versalia. h 230 

Irvin, Madina, t 157 


Jennings. Elizabeth, t. ..213 

Franklin B. t 223 

Martha Long, b 223 

William O., t 228 

Jones. Alzina. t 82 

Nancy, t 82 

Jordon.Jane Nance, 1 — 196 


Kellv. Marv E. t 34 

Kelso. Man,- Nance. b....20O 

Kimble. Sarah A.. 1 184 

King, Emma, t 234 

Maria L. t 136 

Kingery. Cornelia A., t... 94 

Kinncar, Candis, t 176 

Kintner, Chas. J., t 121 

Elizabeth Shields, b.. .119 

James P., t 121 

William H. t 121 

Kistler. Carrie Oatinan, t 1 ,9 


Lakin, Olive. 1 49 

Lane, Nancy Nance, b. ..133 

Lanther. Jaiie. t. 233 

Lawrence, Martha^t 234 

Leigh. Anna, t \ 1'33 

Lenimon, Epervia, t 231 

Lemuel, Nancy May. t... 59 

Leverett, Julia A., t 174 

Lewis. Arthusa. t 133 

Lirley. Louisa, t 225 

Long. Elizal>eth Nance, 1 202 

Hardin S..t 218 

James W.. t 218 

William, h 218 

William A., t 218 

Loudon, Elizabeth, t 59 


Mobry. Lucy C, t 174 

Marioneaux, Iva Anna, t..!80 

Marnev. Ella, t 49 

Maxwell. Ella, t 133 

McCrae. Catharine H., t.. 93 

McDowell. Martha, t 48 

McKay, Amanda, t 44 

McKinney. Carrie J., t.. .189 

Mitchell. Frederick, t 29 

James P.. t 29 

Josephus. t 28 

Nancy, b 28 

Nancy A., L 58 

Susan Long, b 225 

William, t 28 

Moore, Anna L., t 121 

Mosier, Dorothy J., t 27 

Susan A., t 197 

Myers, Lucretia, t 43 


Nance or Nantz — 

Absalom, b 235 

Albert, t 133 

Albert S., t 201 

Albinus, t 140 

AlonzoC. t 60 

Alson A., t 73 

Alva.t 235 

Barharan.t 234 

Benjamin, t 201 

Nance or Nantc — 

Benjamin F., b 190 

Burton R, t 140 

Charles, t 61. 235 

Charles H., t 1 M) 9 

Clement, 1 1K3 

Clement, b 127 

Clement l).,b 58 

Clement P., t 195 

Clement H.. b 194 

Clement P., t 131 

Cooj>er, b 235 

David, b s 71 

Elizabeth, t 29 

Epervia, b 231 

Francis M.. t 62 

Frank, t 61. 190 

Frank P., t 73. 227 

Franklin, t 190 

Frederick, Family 237 

Freman A., t 73 

Genevra, t 195 

George R., t 229 

George \V\, t 73 

Georia. b '226 

Giles. 1 232 

Giles. J., t 233 

Harriett, t 234 

Harvey A., t 229 

Henry, t 201,234 

Henry H.. t 133 

Hiram, Dr., b 137 

Hiram I., Dr.. t 140 

James, h 234 

James D., t 73 

James H., t 59 

J. Lewis, t 234 

James L , t 229 

James K.. 1 "226 

Jane, t 58.234 

John, t 59. 60 

John S., b 131 

John T.. Captain, t 195 

John Wesley, 1 200 

John Wesley, b ....233 

John Wesley, t 201 

Joseph, t 59 

Lafayette, t 61 

Mary E.. t 129 

Mosias, 1 57 

Mosias, b 61 

Mosias, t 56 

Myra, t 234 

Navaston, b 227 

Orville A., t 229 

Orville R.. b 229 

Reuben, t 234 

Richard \V., t 129 

Robert, t 201 

Robert Chamberlain, b 1H5 

Rol>ert Clement, t 1*5 

Roswell. S., t 140 

Row Dr.,t 140 

Tacy. t 235 

Thomas A., t 229 

Venervla. b 231 

William. 1 125 

William, b 200 

William, t 131,201 

William A., b 190 

William Clement, t.... 58 

William Coleman, t 60 

William H., Dr., b 132 

William Joseph, b 59 

Willis O.. Dr., t 140 

Nichols, Maggie P.. t.... 73 
Norman, Nancy May. t.. 71 
Nunemacher, Avesta S., t 114 

Oatman, Adolphus, Dr.,t 176 

Oatman, Albert R., t 174 

Artela, KHz., t 224 

Benjamin, t 160 

Cande, t 176 

Charles H., t 176 

Clement, b ir,p 

Edward J., t Ift9 

Eugene F., t 17ft 

George F., t l*»9 

Hardin, h 172 

Henry Clay, t 174 

Ira E., b i7ft 

James R. b. IS, 

Jesse, b lfift 

John, Jr.. b 173 

John 6..t 177 

John C. t 173 

John Wm., t 176 

Josep.i. b tfto 

Julia Long, b 222 

M.C., t 173 

Nancy May, 1 154 

P. H.,t 173 

Pleasant S., b 177 

Simeon, b 159 

Wick, t 173 

William A., Dr., b 176 

William B., t 174 

Victor, Dr., t 177 

O'Brien, Frankie, t 176 

Sarah Ellen, t 159 

Owens, Phoebe, t 234 


Painter. Phoebe, t 234 

Palmer, Versalia, t.' 80 

Parker, Anna, t 136 

Parmley, Elvira V., t 161 

Patten, Mary S., t 221 

Pectol, Nancy May, t. .. ,. 71 

Ferine, Mary O., t .\.173 

Perkins, Anna, t A235 

Pierpoint, John, t 235 

Phoebe Nance, b 235 

Pierce, Martha A., t 220 

Fix lev, Emma, t 153 

Poisal, Rachel L, t 27 

Potter, I'ermelia, t 132 

Pyle, Martha, t 213 


Rawson, Sarah E., t 56 

Reed, Elizabeth, t 46 

Richardson, Aaron, b 2U3 

Aaron A., t 213 

Alonzo, t 205 

Charles R., t 213 

Elizabeth, 1 202 

James H., t 2»»5 

James M., b 211 

Jane Nance, 1 196 

Lycurgus, t 205 

Margaret Nance, b 185 

Marv Nance, b 185 

Mary E.. t 176 

Nancy, t 132 

William F., Rev., t 205 

William R.. t 213 

Ridley. Mary Inman. t.. .231 
Robeson. Margaret, t.... 213 
Robinson. Mary J., t. ., . . 184 

Fermelia, t 131 

Rogers, Anna Nance, t. .129 
Ross, Dorothy Nance. L..127 

Routh, Henry H„ t 69 

Mary Nance, b tJ9 

Mosias N.. t.... 69 

Theodore P., t 69 

Russell, Charles, t 69 

Elizabeth J., b.. 71 

The Nance Memorial. 


Russell. Francis M:, t.... 71 

Isabelle. t 68 

Lucretia, t 56 

Mary Nance, b 69 

William N.. t 69 

Family 5SH 

Rynerson. Francis M., t.136 

Nancy Na nee, l» 1 35 

Ro»>eft F.. t I3B 

Wa 1 lace M . , t 136 

Sands. Martha, t 

Shaw, Isam, I 

James W., b 

1/misa, b 

Pleasant, t 

Susan Nance, 1 

Thomas, t 

William, t 

Shields. Chas. W., Prof.,t 

Clement N., b 

David P.,t 

Edward P., Rev., t. 

Klias, t 

Fliza. b 

Greenherry F., t. .. 

Henry B„ b 

James G., t 

James H., t 

James R., b 

Mar} 1 Nance, 1 

Pleasant S., Dr., b. . 

Sally P.. t 

Shilton. Adella. t 








Slack, Kittie, t 233 

l.i/.zie. t SB 

Phoebe, b 23"» 

Smith. Arthusa, t 217? 

Elizabeth, t rt) 

Jane Howard, t 127 

Margaret, t 69 

Mary, t 223 

Mary J., t 196 

Sonle. Mary May, t 176 

Snider, Addie D., t 1K9 

Albert A., t Ih9 

Benjamin P., t 189 

Granville II.. t.. 189 

Henry K., t ... ,.189 

Jane Nance, b ls7 

Laura, t 189 

Robert, • IS'.* 

Stanley M.. t 1S9 

Speak. Margaret, t. ...... 71 

Spriuggale, Martha, t.. . .1K9 

Sterling. Angie, t 153 

Stevens, Mary Ann, fam- 
ily ". 176 

Veneva. V... t 80 

Stewart. Amelia, t 41 

Stockdalc. Epervia, t 70 

Stonerock, Dorothy, t.... 33 
Swift, Eva, t l.*>3 

Thornton. Anna Nance, t 19.1 

Tripp. Rutha. t 58 

Twomev, Margaret, t 69 

Tyler, Sarah A., t 49 


Van Nest, flattie. L 192 


Walden, Elizabeth, 1 7*2 

Wallace, Anna, t H9 

Sarah Catharine, t 7.1 

Walts. Harriett, t rt> 

Ward. Minerva, t 159 

Permelia. t .395 

Warren. Joanna Shields. t 91 

Washburn, Ida. t 46 

Welch. Permelia. J, b... 196 

Wells. Amelia J., t 4*; 

Wilkinson, Amanda, b.. .152 

Fred A., t 153 

Hiram I., t ; 153 

M.irv Nince. b 234 

Mary May, t 153 

Williamson, Susan Oat- 
man, t 17.1 

Wolf. Margaret P.. b 79 

Wright. Addison, t 4.1 

Benjamin !•'.. t 44 

F.Hzabeth. b 4.1 

Jacob C, t 43 

John H.. t 13 

Joseph us. t 43 

Sylvester, t 43 

Willir.m, t 43 


Adams. Ann, t 255 

Andrews, Claudia, t 267 

Armstrong Family 254 

Aten, Mary J., t 256 

Barrett, Mamie, t 260 

Batterman. Lena, L 273 

Berry, Jane, t 247 

Biggs, Alice, t 248 

Bingley Family 284, 285 

Birk , Lucy, t 265 

Bix'.er Family 270 

Bowman Family 2*0 

Brandenburg Family 281 

Brotherton, Kittie, t 267 

Cannon, Sarah, t 246 

Carter, Mary, t 273 

Case. Amelia J., t 26o 

Clark, Laura, t 248 

Cole, Rebecca A., t 246 

Craig Family 260 

Crews, Sarah C, b 280 

Cross, Sarah E., t 269 

Dalton. Fannie, t 270 

Grace B., t 170 

. Katie D.,t 270 

Darrel, Jane, t 248 

Dealing, Lizzie, t 271 

Elkins, Addie. t. 

Elliott, l.illie M. 



Fanner Family 270 

Goldsby Family 285 

Goodie. Bettie, t 247 

Goodwin, Carrie B.. t... 274 

Guffev, Fffie. t 271 

Gum, Matilda, t 256 


Hall. Elizabeth, tr..:. - . . 243 

Laura, t I. ...249 

Hampton. Anna C, t 271 

Hart. I.ulea E.. t 2S0 

Hash Family 284 

Herdman. Minerva, t 248. 

Hill Family 281.283 

Home Family 280 

Kelly, Marie, t 265 

Kilbourn Family 263, 265 

Likens, V., t 248 


Marcy, Mary, t 253 

Martin. Lulu, t 283 

Sarah, t *»47 

Mauk. Bettie J., t 267 

Mayner. Annie, t. 279 

McElheny. Annie K.. L..265 
McFarland. Man- E., L..2S0 

Moore Family 260 

Morris. Annie L-. t 278 

Moss. Jennie Q., t 267 

Myers. Mae P.. t 271 

M^natt. Barilla A.,t 246 


Nance or Nantz — 

Abraham L., t 255 

Albert I)., t .. "**71 

Albert G.. b ; 273 

Allen Q., 1 >74 

Allen Q., t 281 

Amos D, t 269 

Amos D.. b 270 

Archie D.. t 270 

Carev, 1 284 

Carh'eL.. t £*> 

Cecelia K.. t 246 

Charles, t 246 256 

Charles C. t 278 

Charles H., b 269 

Charles L., t 253 

Charles P.. b 2N) 

Claud S.. t 280 

David C. b". 273 

David W.. t 2M1 

D. Crittenden, t 271 


The Nance Memorial. 

Nance or Nanta — 

Delia, t 270 

D. Milton, b 253 

Douglas S.. t ;..270 

Katon, 1 284 

Elias % h 246 

Elijah J., t 24<i 

Emma S.. t 271 

Florences., t 249 

F. Carev, b 249 

Frederick, I ...266 

Fred E. ( t 246, 2*0 

Geneva, t 249 

George McF.. t. .... .... 281 

George W., 1 254 

George W., t 255. 260 

Glen C, t ...249 

Gus. A., b 279 

Hardin, t 266 

Hardin W., t 249 

Harry L. t 270 

Harrv \V., t 249 

Henry, b , 246 

Henry, t 355 

Henry W., t..... 256 

Hester E.. t 269 

Horace G., t 274 

loma Eka, t.. 280 

James, tr 243 

James, 1 247 

James b 246, 248 

James, t 246. 255, 266 

James A., t 278 

James D., t 269 

James F., t 248 

James H., b 260 

J. Frank, t 249 

Jane, t 255 

Japhat. t 216 

John, tr 243 

John, b 246 

John, t 255 

John H., t 200 

John I,., b 269 

jT>hn L-. t 246 

John M.. t ; 266 

John W.. b 260 

John W„ t 246 

Joe John, b ....260 

Joseph C, 1 280 

Joshua. 1 267 

Joshua, b 255 

Joshua, t 255 

Joshua J., t 269 

Julia, t 247 

Katie, t 281 

Lee. t ...270 

Leo. H..t 260 

Nance or Nantz— 

Leonard, t '. .. ..281 

Le wis, t 255 

Louisa J., t 249 

Louise, t 274 

Mary, t ...249 

Mary \V., b. 263 

Melville L..b 248 

Milton D., t ....253 

Milton S., t 269 

Mylo, t 247 

Nancy, t 255 

Olin B.. t 267 

Otwav Bird. 1 262 

Otwav, b 246 

Otway, t 246, 255. 270 

Phillip, b 246 

Ouilla, t 278 

Richard A., b. 263 

Robert, 1 245 

Robert, t 247 

Rutha j.,t 246 

Sailie. t 255 

Sallie K.. t 2H1 

Samuel, b 246 

Samuel H., b 267 

Sarah, b 246 

Sevignia E.. t 249 

Simeon, b 247 

Thomas, t 270 

Thomas A., t 246 

Thomas F., t 248 

Thomas H.. b 246, 272 

Thomas J., 1 272 

Thomas J., t 274 

Thomas L. H., t. 255 

Tilton W., t 266 

Turner R., t 216 

Wash. J., b 260 

Wash. L.. t 281 

William, tr. 213 

William, t 247.255 

William I)., b 27f. | 

William G., t 269 

William T., b 2M 

Willis, t 255 

WilkieC. t 281 

Winnie Davis, t 281 

Zachariah I., Family.. .243 

Zachariah II., tr 243 

Zachariah H., 1 259 

Zachariah. b 206 

Nelson, Hepsey A., t 248 

Nickels, Martha K., 1....260 


Odora Family.. 



Pierce Family 247. 248 

Pyle, Mary J., t 256 


Randies, Martha M„ t...256 

Reagan Family 278, 279 

Reynolds, Mat tie, t 271 

Russell, Anna, t 248 


Schirding, Hattie B.. t.,.274 

Shell, 243 

Shipley, Evelyn, t 249 

Short, "Elizabeth, t 256 

Smith, Albert, t 267 

Smith, J. Frank, t 267 

Smith, Martha M., t 256 

Smith, Sarah J., b 267 

Smith, Wallace, t 267 

Snecd Family 207 

Sprout's, Fannie II., t 260 

Stevenson, Edna J., * 249 

Storms, Vinerva. t 248 

Strother, Lena H., t 267 

Struble, A bert, t 273 

Alice, t 266 

Harriet B., b 273 

Swan Family 271 


Thomas, Dora, t 248 

Efrie L., t 249 

Thompson, Fannie, t.... 266 


Van Horn, Caroliue, 1....249 

Fannie, t 249 

Vencill, Alice, t 266 


Walker, Maltie, t 246 

Warusing, Catharine, t.,274 

Williams, Caroliue, b 272 

Nellie, t 272 

Partheuia II., b...... ..266 

Stella J., t 272 

Wyatt, James J., t 266 

Nancy J., b 266 

Wynne, Elizabeth, b 273 


Zechman, Hepsey A., t. ..248 



Addison. Leila E., b 288 

Wallace G., t 288 


Barksdale, C D., t 288 

T. A-.t 288 

Martha, b 288 

W.J. D.. t 288 

Baxter. Frances C, b 288 

Best, Mary A., t 319 

Billings. A. C. 1 296 

Black. Martha J., t 305 

Bohannon, Mary J., b 324 

Bovd. Harriett, t 319 

Bump. Maty E., t 332 

Burchard, Sarah C, b 326 

Burnett, Celia. t.. 
Katharine, b. .. 
Missouri, b 

Bush, Mary A., 1. 
Butler. Laura, 1. 






Waldo, b. !!!/288 

Byram. Nancy C, t 322 

Caldwell, P. C, 1 288 

Calmes, Martha. 1 288 

Chandler, Miss Nance, tr 331 

Cochran, Sophia, b 321 

Colby. Sarah, t 326 

Compton, Harriett, b 326 

Cooper. Maggie, b 296 

Covington, Virginia, b.. .295 
Cox, Lucy A., t 319 


Dodds, C.b 321 

Dunlap, R. N., b... 288 

Sarah. 1 288 

Duncan, Harriet E., t 319 

Evans, Lucy, t 288 


Fair. Marie W.. b 288 

Mary, t 2H8 

Robert, t 288 

Rutherford, t 288 

Wm.J., t 288 

The Nance Memorial. 


Fox, Henty.t 828 

Jane.b 326 

Fouche, Minerva I*., I 319 


Gsge, Mrs. Victor, t 288 

Gurday, Caroline K., t.. .219 


Hall, Mary.b 298 

Hamilton, Sarah M., b.. .290 

Harris. Mary K., t 319 

Helm, Mary N.,t 329 

House, Mary, 1 33! 

Hunt, LucyB.,t 288 

Jones. A. Tilmau, t 298 

Ira P., t 296 

Martha F... b 290 

Mary E., t 319 


Kimbro, Elizabeth, 1 296 

Lamar, Laura E., t 

Lamb, Catharine, b 

Laurie, Katharine, t 

Lawrence, Hester, b 

Layman, Louisa C. t..... 
Leavenworth, Kliza C, t 

Ledford, Emma F., t 

Oney, b 

Lincoln, Susan A., t 


Nance. Benj. F., b 298 

Penj. P.t 325 

Bethenia H., b 295 

Bird. Captain. 1 3«>8 

Calaway B., t 319 

Charles, b 296 

Charles B., t 326 

Charles S.. t 329 

Charles W., t 322 

Clement, tr 292 

Clement, b 319, 331. 320 

Clement, t 330 

Clement. 1 308 

Clement \V., 1 293 

Constantine. b 293 

David. Family 280 

David T..t 326 

Drayton, 1 288 

Eaton, tr 328 

Eaton, b 329 

Edmond, 1 309 

Edwin, t 313 

E. Edmond, t 329 

Erasmus, tr 293 

Fleming b 311 

Francis M., t 321 

Frank, t 310. 

Frederick, Major, tr ...287 

Frederick .1 292, 288 

Frederick, b 331.311 

Frederick W., 1 296 


Mabry. Oney, t 310 

Maloney, Martha, 1 296 

Marks, Martha, t 322 

Matlock. Antoinette, 1...190 
Maxwell. Mrs. James, t..288 

McCain. Elizabeth, b 321 

McCaughrin, Frances, t..2H8 

James N., t 288 

Laura E., b 288 

Lucy, t 288 

Nannie, t 288 

McClosky. Mary, t SU3 

McDole. Elmira P., t 303 

McGimn. Julia, b 326 

Katharine, t 326 

Serena, t... 326 

William, t.. 328 

Mcintosh, Frances M.. t.288 

Mings. S. Eliz.t 322 

Morris. Mrs., b 288 

Murrell, Sicily, 1 296 


Nance. A. J., t 305, 305 

Albert, t 314 

Alfred, 1 288 

Alfred H.. t 330 

Alfred K., t 327 

Allen, t 330 

Allen B., t 318 

Almon I,., t 3T8 

Archilmld, b 318 

Archibald J., b 332 

Archibald J., t 332 

Archibald W., b... 319 

Ben E.. t ...329 

Beni. A..b 329 

Benj. FZstes, t 314 



James, t. 
James B. 

Frederick \V., b 

George, tr 

George. 1 329 

G eorge. b 330. 296 

George W., t...331. 330. 324 

Giles, ir 328. 293 

Harbert. b 330 

Harry S., t 3.7 

Harvey, t 318. 311 

Henry, b 326, 3 

Henry, t 3.'*.) 

Herman P., t 3.'0 

Ira.b 324 

Ishatn, 1 3*>8 

James, 1 325. 327, 320 

James, b .. 296, 327, 195. 327 
I 311. 31K. 327 
'••** 327.3.6 

t 320 

James D., b 288 

James D., t 330. 288 

James II., b 327 

James II., t 327 

James I... t 30.1 

James \V\. t 303 

Jefferson, b.. 319. 319 

Jefferson A., t 306 

J. K. G.. Captain, b ....288 

Jeptha G., b 310 

Jesse, t 330 

Jesse P., t 330 

Joel, b 319 

Joel, 1 320 

John, tr 321 

John, 1 3J8 

John, b 313 

John A., b 330 

John A., t 322 

John C, b 319 

John F., t 329. 314 

John H.. t 3U.-> 

John P.. t 310 

John Webb, b 321 

John Wesley, b . . . . 325, 3Ui 

Joseph, 1 304 

Joseph, b 305 

Joseph, t 308 

Joseph H..b 324 

Josiah C. 1 293 

Josiah W.. b 295 

J. W.. t 324 

Leonard C, t 218 

Nance. Lessenby, t 309 

L. M.. t 329 

Logan, b 324 

Madison, b 3u8 

Martin, b 3j5 

Mary Anne, b 310 

Miles R., b 324 

Mollie E., t 310 

Monroe, t 332.320.311 

Montgomery B., b 296 

Moscow, b 316 

Nathaniel, 1 ....312 

Neuton, t 327 

Norman B., t 326 

Paschal, t 318 

Paschal, b 319 

Patrick, b 305 

Patrick, t 3<-8 

Peter, b 330. 318 

Peyton S.. 1 309 

Peyton W., b 310 

Pryor. t 318 

KeulKrii. tr :JL3 

Reuben, 1.... 310 

Reuben, b 310. 308. 3 

Richard, tr 312 

Richard, b 327 

Robert, b 329. 292 

Robert. 1 332. 288 

Robert, b 33J. 324 

Robert G , Captain 332 

Robert H.. t 322 

Rufus D.. t 321 

Sallie P.. b i95 

Samuel J., t 3ti 

Samuel S..t... 319 

Silas, t 330 

Simeon, b 3_y 

Spots wood A., t 313. 310 

# Stephen. 1 310 

Sue M.. b 21X5 

Thaddeus, t 326 

ThaddcusC, L 313 

Thomas, 1 317 

Thomas, b 310 

Thomas, t 330. 31H 

Thomas G.. Elder 319 

Thomas J., t 305. 3 x7 

Thorpe II.. t 311 

T. Howard, t 325 

William, Family 303 

William, tr 331. 327 

William, 1 331. 312. 304 

William, b S96, 293 

William, t 327. 311. 310 

Win. Franklin, 1 321 

Wm. Franklin, b 324 

Win. Fred . b 288 

Wm. H.. b 319 

Wm II.. t 319. 3tx5 

Wm. Howe, tr 293 

Win. Joseph, t 3U5 

Wm. L . 1 -96 

Wm. Peyton, t 332.320 

Wm. R , t 326 

Wyatt. ! 330 

Zachariah. b 319 

Zaci riah. 1 329 

Zactu-riah F.. b 329 

Nicholson, Mrs., b 288 

Owen. Elizal>eth M., b...295 
Margaret A., b 296 


Paul. Susan M.. 1 298 

Plumlee. AmericusC. t..319 

Caroline, b 319 

Marshall, t 319 

Pratt, Dorothy, 1 288 


The Nance Memorial. 

Pratt, Priestly, b 288 8 

Simeon, b 28K 

William, b 288 

Pryor. Polly, b 319 

Sarah, b 319 I Snrcdi 2 

Win., Dr.. t 319 ' 

Rapnn. Martha, b 310 

Richards, Mary A,, t 310 

Roberts, Rachel, t. 326 

Rushing. Johanna, b 324 

M. F., t 324 

Sheppard, Mrs. J. C, t. ..288 

Smith. Anna, b 295 

Mary J, t 322 

b 295 

Spear, Mary, t. ; SOT) 

Salt sinan, Narsissa, b 295 


Wade. Kliza, t 314 

Itticinda, t 313 

Mary, t 313 

Wadley, Tabitha J., t....S05 

Walker. Jennie B., t 326 

Wallace, Oanl H„ t 288 

Edwin R.,b 288 

Sarah, 1 288 

Sarah, b 288 

Wheeler, MolHe A., 1....326 

Williams. Alice A., t 308 

Woodward, l,ucile. S., b.295 

Worrel, Caroline, b 310 

Wright, Emma, t 314 

Martha, t 314